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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Memorial Day - Peace - Red Poppies

Today is Challenge Day over at Cooking With Cricut
and the Challenge is Memorial Day incorporating stitching!

And I have a little bit of history to share...
The most ancient symbol of peace is the olive branch. A later representation of a Dove holding an Olive Branch was used to symbolize or as a motto of "Peace Restored" in 18th century America.
 Did you know that Moina Michael back in 1915 conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.
 She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it. (http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html)

Materials Used:
Cricut Expression, Gypsy and Star embossing folder,
Cricut French Manor, 50 States and Stretch Your Imagination Cartridges.
White, Blue, Red and two tones of Green Cardstock.
Ribbon, Walnut Stain and Beads.
Thanks for visiting!! Hopefully you find the time to go visit what other beautiful creations my Team Mates created over at CWC and maybe you can join us in the Challenge!!