This picture is from an Australian article about their memorial, with the poppies scattered to replicate how they grow and the soldiers fell.
|62,000 handmade poppies, 1 for every Australian life lost in World War I
|from the John McCrae memorial in Guelph (By Lx 121 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=845579)
Aside from doing a program this past week, I began thinking about it when I saw this on the page of a friend and former co-worker's Facebook page.
an article on it. By and large they didn't really debunk it. I liked their concluding its symbolism is up to you as long as you are respectful and they turned to the Royal British Legion's conclusion:
There is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy and also how they choose to wear it…The best way wear a poppy, is to wear it with pride
I love the section in my program when I tell how it was called out "La guerre ç'est finie!" Of course the negotiations were just the beginning as Oleda saw both the final year of getting the soldiers home and the 60 year fight of the Hello Girls to gain veterans recognition. She was one of the few to make it all the way through that part of Women's History. The decisions made in those negotiations, unfortunately, are usually pointed to causing World War II.
As of this point I am booked to bring the program through March of 2019, but hope to continue to keep the story alive beyond 2019 as it is indeed Women's History, military history, and an important stage in world history.