Visit USAA Poppy exhibit at the Military Aviation Museum
by: Sarah Goode • May 30, 2023
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Military Aviation Museum has a temporary exhibit on display, the USAA Poppy Exhibit.
According to USAA, “The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance for the more than 645,000 men and women who have died defending our freedom since World War I.”
The exhibit has four sides that all together are meant to bring visitors closer to the meaning of Memorial Day, and remembrance.
History of the poppy
One side shares the story of Canadian doctor Lt. Col. John McCrae. He wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” after a World War I battle. In the poem, a line about the poppies says, “In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row”.
Guests will also learn about Moina Michael, “The Poppy Lady”. Michael was an American Teacher that first wore the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
Wall of poppies
One side uses camera technology to engage visitors. It is an interactive wall of poppies.
Story credit: 10 Wavy.com; https://www.wavy.com/news/military/visit-usaa-poppy-exhibit-at-the-military-aviation-museum/