Six Facts About Veterans Day (page 4)
#4.) The Official Symbol of Veterans Day is the Poppy. In 1918, a woman in Georgia named Moina Belle Michael read a John McCrae poem called “In Flanders Fields”, and it inspired her to wear red poppies as a way of remembering.
The poem includes the line, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row.” (–Flanders Fields is a World War One battleground and cemetery in Belgium.)