Ruth Simpson

Ruth Simpson, educational director for Epsilon Sigma Alpha's Gamma Zeta chapter, delivers her educational of how the Veterans of Foreign Wars adopted the poppy as its official symbol of remembrance for veterans. 

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae MD was a doctor in WWI and got a first hand look at the carnage during the war and wrote “In Flander’s Field” in the midst of the second battle of Ypres in Belgium in 1915. That’s part of what Ruth Simpson reported to Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s Gamma Zeta chapter in Edmond during a recent educational.

After WWI the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to the European soil becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. In 1918 Moina Michael who worked for the American YMCA Oversea War Secretaries Organization was inspired by the poem. She vowed to always wear a poppy in remembrance of war veterans. 

In 1921 the Veterans of Foreign Wars adopted  the poppy as its symbol to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces. Learning the poppy's history was extremely interesting. Gamma Zeta has an educational each month. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement in America, each month’s educational this year will about an important woman in this country’s history.