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UNITED STATES MOINA MICHAEL THE POPPY DAY LADY STAMP FIRST DAY COVER 1948
Block of Four Three Cent Stamps.
An interesting Stamp for any collector with an interest in Millitaria and all things related to Military History.
Postmark Athens, Georgia
Date of cancellation Nov 9 1948
Moina Michael was to become known as the "Poppy Lady" for her humanitarian efforts.
She was a professor at the University of Georgia when the U.S. entered World War I. She took a leave of absence from her work and volunteered to assist in the New York-based training headquarters for overseas YWCA workers.
Inspired by the John McCrae battlefront-theme poem In Flanders Fields, she published a poem in response called We Shall Keep the Faith. In tribute to the opening lines of McCrae's poem -- "In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row," -- Michael vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war.
After the war was over, Michael returned to the University of Georgia and taught a class of disabled servicemen. Realizing the need to provide financial and occupational support for these servicemen, she pursued the idea of selling silk poppies as a means of raising funds to assist disabled veterans. In 1921, her efforts resulted in the poppy being adopted as a symbol of remembrance for war veterans by the American Legion, soon also to be adopted by the British Legion in the United Kingdom.
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