Poppy Wall of Honor returning to DC for Memorial Day

A veteran takes in the Poppy Wall of Honor in 2018
Photo credit Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau courtesy of USAA
By Connecting Vets

The stunning 133-foot long display of over 645,000 poppies to honor every service member that's given their lives to defend our nation since World War I will return to the National Mall this Memorial Day. 

Last year, over 15,000 visited USAA's Poppy Wall of Honor and USAA expects at least as many to do so this year. 

"People were so taken, inspired, and found that this thing really did bring home the true meaning of Memorial Day," said USAA Sr. VP of Military Affairs, and retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird. "That we felt that we should bring it back again."

The Poppy Wall of Honor memorial will return to Washington DC for Memorial Day 2019

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This year those unable to see the wall in person can see it virtually by visiting PoppyInMemory.com. According to Bird, site visitors will even be able to dedicate a poppy to one of the fallen. 

"It may be a family member, it may be somebody you know," Bird said. "In my case, I just looked up a famous naval hero from World War II who happened to have won the Medal of Honor and been instrumental in the Battle of the Coral Sea and dedicated a poppy to him."

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The Poppy Wall of Honor will be open to the public from May 24th-26th.

You can hear the full CBS Eye on Veterans interview with Vice Adm. Bird below. 

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