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Red Poppies and Peace

Since World War I, poppies have been a symbol of remembrance at Memorial Day (May 31). The red poppy was used to symbolize the blood of those who died in service to their countries.

The idea started in 1918 when American Moina Michael read the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian John McCrae in 1915 during World War I. She began wearing poppies and selling them to others, using the proceeds to help veterans.

After World War I, veterans sold artificial red poppies to help raise money for French and Belgian war orphans. Today, donations to veterans’ groups are often marked with a token paper red poppy.

See more about Memorial Day.

Quick Clicks

• Red poppies are a symbol of consolation. Find the meanings of more flowers.
• To prolong a poppy’s life as a cut flower, plunge the stem in hot water after cutting.
See more tips on how to keep flowers fresh

Get YOUR Memorial Day weekend weather.

Expert Advice

A sore throat can be darned uncomfortable. We have some simple herbal remedies to help soothe your throat.

One remedy is to mix a tablespoon of cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water. Then sip!
See 5 more sore throat remedies.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row.

–Lt. Colonel John McCrae (1872–1918)


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Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

Trio — A stereo CD radio with AM/FM tuner built right in! With amazing room-filling sound, it is perfect for any room in your house or office.

NEW! Two great gardening gift collections! Save up to 35%.

The Almanac Spring Garden Collection.
Only $14.95
(32% OFF)

1. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Journal. Find pages for recording plant varieties, weather conditions, and more.
2. Two All-Seasons Garden Guides. These 128-page colorful books are filled with easy ideas for both edibles and flowers.

The Almanac Vegetable Gardening Collection.
Only $29.95
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1. The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide. This pocket-size publication offers a landscape of easy, affordable ideas and expert advice to keep gardeners inspired throughout the year. 
2. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. A 352-page gardening book recommended by the Almanac editors.
3. Almanac Herb Snips, a versatile kitchen tool for fine cutting jobs.

Thursday, May 27—The Full Flower Moon 

(4:07 P.M. PST, 7:07 P.M. EST)

Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

• What date is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon calendar.

See the next full Moon name and meaning.

See how the Moon changes daily on our Moon Phase calendar.

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