The Poppy Lady
Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans
By Barbara E. Walsh, Paintings by Layne Johnson
Calkins Creek © Copyright 2012
When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever.
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