"The National Mall Welcomes a New Memorial for Memorial Day Weekend"
USAA Brings Poppy Memorial to Nation’s Capital May 25-27 to Honor the 645,000 Servicemembers lost since World War I
SAN ANTONIO – USAA announced that a temporary
memorial installation is coming to the National Mall and Memorial Parks
in Washington, D.C. this Memorial Day weekend. The Poppy Memorial is a
translucent structure that measures 133 feet long, 8 1/2 feet tall and
is filled with more than 645,000 poppy flowers — honoring every man and
woman that gave their life in service of our nation since World War I.
Inspired by the World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields,” the poppy is a
widely-recognized symbol of remembrance for these servicemembers. The
Poppy Memorial is a somber and powerful display that represents the
depth of national sacrifice by paying tribute to each individual.
“The poppy flower symbolizes those who gave the last full measure in
defense of our freedoms,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Bird, USAA
Senior Vice President of Military Affairs. The Poppy Memorial visualizes
the magnitude of that sacrifice and reminds us all of the price that
was paid. We are grateful to the National Park Service for allowing us
to display this inspiring and educational exhibit among the permanent
monuments, as a testament to the enduring bravery of our men and women
From May 25 through May 27, the Poppy Memorial will be open to the
public daily for viewing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. The memorial will be
displayed on the southwestern side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting
Pool – with the Lincoln Memorial to the west, the Korean War Memorial to
the south, the reflecting pool due north and the World War II Memorial
to the east. The more than 645,000 poppies are a combination of VFW
“Buddy”® poppies and poppies from the American Legion Family, both
programs designed to encourage Americans to wear poppies in remembrance
of the fallen.
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