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Poppy Displays
Library Display ~ Posters ~ Table Display ~ Table Display 2 ~ Table Display 3 ~ Wall Display
American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Week in May 2004
VARO / VA Regional Office in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
Poppy Display Poster

POSTER
Sign – The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Veteran Hand Made Poppies, National Symbol of Remembrance.

Poppy Story - Retyped rendition of small sheet with red text that the ALA distributes.

Color Copy of 2002-’03 National Poppy Poster Contest Winners from National News in sheet protector.

2 Poppies with red, white, blue ribbon. Can be boutonniere or corsage.

Poppy Seal (enlarged rendition created on computer)

Information Sheet with poppy symbolism, veteran poem, ‘Measure of’ phrase, poppy picture, and the “Wear a paper poppy” phrase - (item available on Unit Poppy Chairman web page for members use - “Poppy Symbolism”).

Half sheet with poems “In Flanders Fields” and “We Shall Keep the Faith” with pictures of both authors, Col. John McCrea and Moina Michael, respectively - (item available on Unit Poppy Chairman web page for members use - “Our Memorial Poppy”).

Below that piece is '‘Display by”

Diagram that veterans use to assemble the poppy pieces.

Poppy Display Table
TABLE ~ (l-r)
Clear shadow box of poppy pieces, flat, fluffed, boutonniere, corsage

Picture of library display (top shelf – poppy wreath, display by, small flag

Bottom shelf – two posters, red of poppy info, blue poster of Memorial Day info)

Crystal basket (plastic) of fluffed open poppies about 100

Poppy donation can (made from 3# coffee can covered with sheets of same information as is on the small poppy cans used by individual poppy offerers), can cover has long diamond shape opening easier to put money donation inside.

Large Poppy Seal sign - (item available from Webmaster for members use).

Laying flat in front of poppy seal is “Uses of the Poppy Fund” information in sheet protector - (item available on Unit Poppy Chairman web page for members use - “Uses of Poppy Fund”).

(Good to also have “Poppy Facts, Do You Know” sheet of information on table too, or on back side of one of the standup items) - (item available on Unit Poppy Chairman web page for members use - “Poppy Facts”).

Grapevine wreath covered with poppies, legs are BBQ skewers

Small flag behind wreath

Sheet of poppy info in an upside down sheet protector over a metal bookend, info sheet with poppy story, symbolism, poems, “Measure of” phrase, and display by info- (item, without pictures, available on Unit Poppy Chairman web page for members use - “Poppy Remembrance”).

Full sheet sign “Poppies offered by American Legion Auxiliary Unit #”- (similar sign for “Display by” is available from Webmaster for members use).

Laying flat in front of that sign is the official poster for Memorial Day Ceremony at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial.



Library Display May 2000 - Fletcher Hills (El Cajon, CA)
Library Display - Top Shelf

Note ~ May 2000 - Poppy displays in 11 locations. The first was Fletcher Hills Library and concluded with the CA Veterans Home in Chula Vista for the opening and Dedication Ceremony of their facility.

Front top shelf ~ (l-r)
Proclamation - City of El Cajon – (use suggested text provided in the ALA National Plan of Work for the Poppy program).

Proclamation - County of San Diego – (When requesting a proclamation, you can ask if they would make you copies if you need for more than one display or poster and let them know what the extra copies will be used for. They usually agree to help you with a few.)

Grapevine wreath covered with poppies, BBQ skewers for legs

Picture of Veterans Home in Chula Vista

Color copy of 1998-99 National Poppy Poster Contest winners from National News (in clear plastic photo frame)

Library Display - Bottom Shelf

Front bottom shelf (l-r)
Poppy gift wrap for shelf paper – (available at Emblem Sales)

Note ~ 5 of the 6 items on this shelf are three-fold triangular shape stand alone items with same info on both sides.

8 poppy seals and text - “POPPY SEALS promote: Poppy Program, Education Assistance, Veteran Remembrance”

Saying “The Measure of a Man may be his willingness to serve his country. The Measure of Country may be its willingness to honor those who served.”

Poppy petals meaning and poppy symbolism

Real ALA poppy and ?-(maybe ALA phrase, “Honor the Dead, Aid the Living, (make a donation and) Wear a Paper Poppy every Memorial Day.”)

“It’s the Veteran” poem

Right rear ~ Plastic photo frame noting Poppy Days, date, display by info.

Library Display - Rear - Bottom Shelf Rear top shelf ~ (l-r)
Poppy poems – (on back side of clear plastic photo frame)

Poppy Note Card – (can order via Emblem Sales)

(items on red poster)
Small poppy story in red text

Enlarged photo copy of red text item

Dates of wars

Small “Display by” label.

Library Display - Rear_Bottom Shelf Rear bottom shelf ~ (l-r)
Left front is back of plastic photo frame and just has some poppy seals. 

Note ~ 5 of the 6 items on this shelf are three-fold triangular shape stand alone items with same info on both sides.

“It’s the Veteran” poem

 

Real ALA poppy and ?-(maybe ALA phrase, “Honor the Dead, Aid the Living, (make a donation and) Wear a Paper Poppy every Memorial Day.”)

Poppy petals meaning and poppy symbolism

Saying “The Measure of a Man may be his willingness to serve his country. The Measure of Country may be its willingness to honor those who served.”

8 poppy seals and text - “POPPY SEALS promote: Poppy Program, Education Assistance, Veteran Remembrance”

Display May 2001 – Mt. Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA) Memorial Day and Dedication
of first 2 walls at the Veterans Memorial Walls atop Mt. Soledad (La Jolla, CA)
Poppy Display at Mt. Soledad Memorial Day Red poster – Poppies

Poppy sign 

ALA emblem – 3 inch foil decal

Poppy Seals

ALA Poppy story – red text and enlargement

Poppy symbolism, “It’s the Veteran” poem, “The Measure of” poem

Copy of National Poppy Poster contest winners from ALA National News

Poems – “In Flanders Fields” and “We Shall Keep the Faith” and photos of the authors

War dates of ALA eligibility

3 fluffed ALA poppies

Bottom right corner is “Display by” sign

Blue poster – Memorial Day
Memorial Day sign

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier photo

Fluffed ALA Poppy

Enlarged Poppy Seal

Lyrics for ‘Taps’

Patriotic child with flags

Plaques with phrases ~ “Everyday is Memorial Day to a Veteran” and “All gave some Some gave all.”

Information about the American tradition of Memorial Day, General John Logan’s General Order No. 11, name of Decoration Day changed to Memorial Day, and custom of flowers on graves.

Variety of related poems selected from the internet

Center bottom is “Display by” sign

Table
Patriotic table cloth

Large Poppy can for monetary donations

Fluffed open poppies in clear crystal-cut plastic basket

Sign with poppy symbolism attached above poppy basket

Small poppy donation can

Large full Poppy wreath on Styrofoam base and BBQ skewer legs

Nov. 2002 – 3 Posters, Veterans Day Program at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial (La Jolla, CA)
Poppy Posters BLACK Poster
Sign - “National Medal of Honor Day March 25th”

History of the Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH)

Enlarged Poppy Seal

POW Medal

Purple Heart

Silver Star Medal

Bronze Star Medal

Chart - The Living Veterans by age

Chart - The Living Medal of Honor Recipients by branch of service and war era.
http://www.homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/wall/2living.html
http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/war/1_a_main.html

BLUE Poster
Photo of and Citation for John William Finn, USN, WWII, MOH
http://www.homeofheroes.com/photos/index_2.html
http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_living/ii_n_finn.html
http://www.homeofheroes.com/pearlharbor/pearl_2finn.html

Photo of and Citation for John P. Baca, USA, Vietnam, MOH
http://www.homeofheroes.com/photos/index_2.html
http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_living/vn_a_baca.html

Recommend web site ~ http://www.homeofheroes.com/ ~ View tab ‘Just 4 Kidz ’ and the ‘Medal of Honor’ coloring book.

RED Poster
Veterans Day related information and pictures from the internet.

Display May 2001 – Library, Earl and Birdie Taylor Branch (Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA)
Poppy Wall Display
Display blended together
Memorial Day – Red poster section.
Veterans Day – Blue poster section and some below red poster. 

Red poster section ~ Poppy

Poppy Days Proclamation from the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors – (use suggested text provided in the ALA National Plan of Work for the Poppy program).

ALA Poppy Story

Poppy Symbolism

Copy of 1998-’99 National Poppy Poster contest winners from the ALA National News

“In Flanders Fields” poem

War dates of ALA eligibility

Fluffed ALA Poppy

Poppy Note Card

“Display by” sign

 

The American tradition of Memorial Day
http://dcpages.com/Tourism/Memorial_Day/History/memdayhistory.shtml

Memorial Day activities for Children ~ – (lots of web sites, choose one you like)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/may/memorial.html

Resting on floor is red poster board folded with “Our Memorial Poppy” story - (item available on Unit Poppy Chairman web page for members use - “Our Memorial Poppy”).

Blue poster section ~ Memorial Day
Small USA Flag

Memorial Day sign

Photo of ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ with Poppy Boutonniere
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/tombofun.htm

The Origin of ‘Taps’
http://dcpages.com/Tourism/Memorial_Day/History/taps.shtml

The Origin of the ‘21-Gun Salute’
http://dcpages.com/Tourism/Memorial_Day/History/21gunsalute.shtml

Phrase on plaque – “Everyday is Memorial Day to a Veteran” – ( available at link below * )

Picture of General John A. Logan

General John A. Logan’s General Order No. 11 establishing Memorial Day
http://suvcw.org/logan.htm

Photo of casket on caisson

*(BELOW LINK HAS MANY PICTURES USED ON POSTERS)
http://powayusd.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/online/usonline/worddoc/memorial_day.htm

’Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ – History and Facts
http://dcpages.com/Tourism/Memorial_Day/Monuments_and_Memorials/tomb.shtml

(‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ – Facts about the Guards / Sentinels)
(This info is not on the wall display, but it is relevant.)
http://www.tombguard.org/FAQ.html

History of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day
http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Related poems selected from the internet

(Note: these full-size posters are only one sheet of poster board)

White House President’s PROCLAMATIONS
Use these in displays too - Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day. Pearl Harbor Day, etc.
http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/index.asp

NOTE: an additional page to view see the last paragraph on the web page ‘Memorial Day Poppies’ - http://www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert/meaning/traditions.html

NOTE: a bit more interesting history about the Flanders Fields Poppy
(Poppy adopted The American Legion adopted the Poppy, Nov.1919. The VFW adopted the Poppy, August 1922.)
http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.htm#poppy

Display May 2004 – MSMA, Memorial Day Ceremony (La Jolla, CA)
Table Display for Memorial Day Display ~ (l-r)
Poppy wreath 

Red poster ~ Poppy information

(Signs on table are in upside down sheet protectors over metal bookends, or in clear plastic photo frames)

“Display by” sign

Pictures - WWI Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, and Essex Farm Cemetery, photographed shortly after WWI

Photo - portion of the National WWII Memorial

Small American Flag

General Logan’s Order No. 11 for Decoration Day-Memorial Day

Clear plastic jar, decorated, for monetary donations

Clear basket filled with fluffed open Poppies

Sign with poppy story, symbolism, poems

Picture - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Sign - enlarged Poppy Seal

Sign - diagram for proper folding the flag and meanings of the flag folds

Sign - information about Birth of Flag Day, National Pause for the Pledge, and the 21-Days to Honor America (June 14 – July 4)

Blue poster ~ Women in Military Service
'Women in Military Service for America' (WIMSA) postage stamp and pins
Small picture, aerial view of WIMSA Memorial
Brig. General Wilma L. Vaught photo and her President's Welcome
http://womensmemorial.org/About/welcome.html
http://www.wic.org/bio/wvaught.htm
Picture of front of main building portion of the WIMSA Memorial
http://womensmemorial.org/
Mini pictures of WWI and WWII posters of women in military service, and sheet music covers

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