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Poppy Memorial display on the National Mall: “You can’t help but be inspired… and sad’

Event crews lift a panel on “The Poppy Memorial” on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, May 25, 2018. The temporary display will be installed for the Memorial Day weekend is filled with 645,000 poppies in honor of fallen U.S. service members. (AP Photo/David J. Ake)

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WASHINGTON – Generations have linked a common poppy flower as a representation of our fallen bravest.

It is a symbol that dates back to the first world War, starting with the war in the poem “In Flanders Fields”, published in 1915. It continued to be promoted years later by an American professor, Moina Michael. She advocated the wearing of the delicate flower never to be forgotten, the men and women who lost their lives in the battle.

On Sunday, The United Services Automobile Association is to work together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to bring life to those memories. The Poppy Memorial is a larger-than-life structure together on the National Mall. It is 133 metres long and 8 1/2 feet long.

The United Services Automobile Association is to work together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to bring life to those memories. The Poppy Memorial is a larger-than-life structure together on the National Mall. It is 133 metres long and 8 1/2 feet long.

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Fox News America’s News Headquarters will be live on the memorial from 1 to 2.

The wall is filled with more than 645,000 poppy flowers, each in honor of the soul of a deceased veteran.

“Each one represents a Us serviceman or woman lost in conflicts since the second World War I. You can’t help but be inspired, proud and a little sad all at one time,” said retired Vice-Adm. John Bird, USAA’s senior vice president of military affairs.

And while there are constant efforts to preserve the voices and memories of the Greatest Generation, Bird emphasizes, there are brave men and women who are still involved in the ongoing conflicts around the world.

Poppy flowers are a symbol dating back to the first world War, Beginning with the idyllic poem “In Flanders Fields”, published in 1915. It continued to be promoted years later by the American professor Moina Michael. She advocated the wearing of the delicate flower never to be forgotten, the men and women who lost their lives in the battle.

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“We need to recognize that the history of this country, both inspiring and sad,” he said. “The fact that young men and women will raise their right arm and offer remember, volunteers put their lives on the game. Often that happens. Since the first world war, 645,000. And because our country was founded, it is already 1.3 million men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

The temporary monument will remain in place through Memorial Day weekend.

Elizabeth Prann currently serves as a Washington-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). She joined the network in 2006 as a production assistant. Click here for more information about Elizabeth Prann.

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