Moina Michael, a fellow Georgian, was the woman behind the idea of using the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for veterans of war. She is buried in a small family plot in Monroe, Georgia.
She got the idea from the poem "In Flanders Fields" by the Canadian, Col. John McCrae. I encourage you to learn more about Moina Michael and one of the best links I have for you is from the UK, of course! You may find it just here. Moina Michael titled her autobiography "The Miracle Flower" and dedicated it to Col. John McCrae.
Debra, also from Canada, has a wonderful blog and she has written of her family's connection to Charles Walker, who died at the battle of Vimy Ridge on May 8, 1917. Please, take the time to read her post. We need to remember Charlie and others like him. Her post is just here.
(If anyone ever asks me why I like to blog, I think I would direct them to this one post by Debra.)
Poppies at the Tower of London, each poppy representing a fallen soldier from Britain or the Commonwealth. By the time this exhibit was finished, the moat was full of these ceramic poppies.