Poppies are Blooming - Send Us Your Photos

We have a new form online to keep track of the poppy gardens planned in Delco. Just CLICK HERE for our form which allows you to UPLOAD photos of your planting location and keep track of the progress of your poppies as they bloom.

Here are some recent photos of photos sent to us:

Delaware County Council at Penn State Brandywine Campus Poppy Field

(top left) Bill Tyson at Poppy Garden at Penn State Brandywine Campus. (middle left) “This year we cut down the big holly tree out front - yes, i won that ongoing battle because Joe just could not keep trying to trim it the way he wanted - and certainly nobody else could (or would).  Anyway, the tree came down and the seeds went in.” Elaine and Joe Petner–Upper Darby. (middle right) “I planted two boxes in honor of my grandfather's WWI military to Canada. R.I.P. Robert Henry Hillyard, 94 Argyll Highlanders.” Ginny Davis

(left to right) 1. Another View of the World War II marker in Collingdale  Poppies in bloom on the patio of the Master Gardeners office at Smedley Park  3.  Corrin and Tore Fiore’s dog watching over the poppy blooms at their home in Media.

Save The Date! Friday, September 22nd! (see NEW poppy blooms in second post)

Dust off your dancing shoes, grab a partner for Delco’s “WW1 Dance for Democracy”

Delco’s year-long commemoration of America’s entry into WW1 crescendos with a weekend-long series of historic site tours, driving tours, special ceremonies and presentations – all kicking off Friday, September 22nd with a huge “Dance for Democracy!”

According to Anthony Selletti and Barbara Selletti, co-chairpersons for the World War One Centennial in Delaware County, the dance will be held at the Brookhaven Community Center on the Friday night before the weekend of tours planned (see story below!) “Plans are still in the making for this ‘kick-off event,” said Anthony. Our committee, which includes war veteran and American Legion Member Harry Seth, are working diligently to make this the most fun event of the fall season.

“Live music of the World War One era will be provided Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society while the Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble will be guiding guests through the dances of the time. Lots more is planned, so check back for updates as the date gets nearer.”

For more information, contact Anthony.selletti@wwOneDelco.com.

Click below to hear Drew Nugent and his band performing the 1919 hit by HarryTierney, “Alice Blue Gown”, just a sample of what you'll be hearing at the ”Dance for Democracy.”

Schedule of Events for Wortld War One in Delco Tours and Events
In conjunction with “History Month” the weekend of September 22-24 is designated “World War One in Delco Weekend.” Events will be scattered across the County and include entertaining and informing talks, demonstrations, and walking tours. The places listed below have confirmed their places on the event schedule.

World War 1 Dance for Democracy
Date: September 22 2017
Time: 7 PM til 11 PM
Place: Brookhaven Community CenterDates September 23/24 2017

Historic Tours, Lectures and Celebrations
Times: Saturday 10 til 4 PM
            Sunday Noon til 4 PM

Brookhaven WW1 Memorial
Chester Church and Armory
Chester Rural Cemetery “Soldiers Circle”
Collingdale WW1 Memorials
Chichester Friends
Darby Trolleys
Eden Cemetery WW1 Soldiers Sailors and Marines
Eddystone locomotives and gun nanufacturing
Lansdowne Memorials Tour
Leiper House
Media Veterans Museum
Massey House WW1 tenants
Radnor Memorial
Smedley Park WW1 Memorial Knights of Columbus
Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum
Thunderbird Lodge Encampment and Salvation Army
Tinicum Hog Island, Chandler Field, and Corinthian Yacht Club
Valley Forge Military Academy and College WW1 Memorial
Veterans Administration Naval Asylum burial ground
Williamson College of the Trades WW1 Memorial
Yeadon WW1 Memorial

For more information, or to have your location listed in the event schedule, please contact: Anthony.sellett@wwOneDelco.com

Prospect Park Takes to the Streets for a Hometown July 4th Celebration

Photo courtesy of Anthony Selletti
The World War One Delco Centennial Committee was proud to participate in a hometown Independence Day Parade in Prospect Park Delaware County.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Sanders
The 36th Masonic District, Prospect Park Fire Department, and the citizens of Prospect Park, carried the 20×30 foot Official National WW1 Centennial Memorial Flag through Prospect Park Pennsylvania, in tribute the men and women who served in World War 1 from Delaware County.

The kids got in on the walk as the decorated their bikes and carried their own banner, making it a fun day for all.

Send Us Your Pics...

Barbara Moody from Aston shown at World War One Monument at Smedley Park in Springfield. (Photo by George Rothacker)
...in remembrance of all who served from Delco in World War 1.

The World War One Delco Centennial Committee hopes that residents of Delco will all participate in the “remembrance.” So we’ve come up with a way to enable anyone with a computer and printer show  support.
Click on image above to access printable file
  1. Click on the poppy image at left to access the “large photo” of the poppy painting.
  2. Print the image from your computer at the largest size possible for your printer.
  3. Find an historic property in Delaware County.
  4. Stand in front of the building or monument and hold the poppy print so that you, the print and the monument are all in view.
  5. Take a second photo of the building or monument by itself.
  6. Complete the information on the form below and upload your photos.
  7. Check back on this website frequently until you view your photo on our “Send in your Pics” page.

Poppies Starting to Bloom in Delco

Employees at Penn State Brandywine at Penn State Brandywine planted three beds of poppies from the World War One Centennial Poppies distributed to the community, and they now are in various stages of bloom and bud, and were planted under controlled circumstance. We applaud Penn State Brandywine for their wonderful garden. And wait to here from more of you as your poppies come to full bloom.

Larry Smalley Art Records and Pays Tribute to War Heros of Lansdowne, Delaware County

Larry Smalley, a former Police Officer, American Legion Officer and “Artist about Town” displayed his latest artwork at the Media Arts and Crafts Festival on Sunday, June 11. Larry’s efforts in oil earned him a first prize ribbon in the Oil and Acrylic category.

For years now, this homegrown and trained painter, who works in an “American regional” style has captured his hometown theatre (Lansdowne) and buildings, landscapes and people throughout Delaware nd Chester Counties in his own distinctive way.

Larry is not a stranger to success, and is the real article in all he does, from his career as a patrolman with the Lansdowne Police Department, his service in the military, and  his duties as commander of  Lansdowne American Legion Post 65.

His latest artistic creation depicts the World War One Monument that honors Lansdowne High School students and Lansdowne residents who died while serving in the military during World War I. On left side he gives homage to those who lost their lives, while the right hand side depicts current Legion members honoring them at a Memorial Day celebration.

The granite Beaux-Arts style monument, designed by Lansdowne resident Clarence Brazer, was constructed in 1921 and restored in 1998 by those who believe the ultimate sacrifice of these people and their families should never be forgotten.

The large shields on the monument are those of the allied forces. The smaller insignias represent the branches of the United States military. The eagles represent the United States and its role in securing peace around the globe.

Lt. Albert Clinton Wunderlich, U.S. Army, the first of these soldiers to die, fell at the Battle of Montfaucon.

Capt. J Swaab was one of the “Essington Air Group,” the "War Birds ”, trained at Chandler Field, in Essington.

Lts. Murray E. Tucker, John C. Crissey and Jacque Swaab pose directly behind an !-Flight Spad XIII 4601 #2.
As Commander of ‘B’ Flight, 22nd Aero Squadron, Capt. Swab finished the War with 10 confirmed and up to another 7 unconfirmed Victories. He was highest scoring pilot of 22nd Aero and 2nd Pursuit Group to which 22nd was attached:
1 08 Sep 1918 1235-1305 22nd SPAD XIII Two-seater Cirey-Saarburg
2 08 Sep 1918 1235-1305 22nd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Cirey-Saarburg
3 08 Sep 1918 1235-1305 22nd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Cirey-Saarburg
4* 28 Sep 1918 0840 22nd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Ivoiry
5 23 Oct 1918 1140 22nd SPAD XIII (S7640) Fokker D.VII Thernogues
6 23 Oct 1918 1210 22nd SPAD XIII (S7640) Rumpler C Thernogues
7 27 Oct 1918 1540 22nd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Sommerance
8* 27 Oct 1918 1540 22nd SPAD XIII DFW C Champiegneulle
9* 29 Oct 1918 1620 22nd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Aincreville
10 31 Oct 1918 1555 22nd SPAD XIII LVG C E of Verdun

(Victories 4, 8 and 9 were shared with another pilot.)

After the war Swaab settled in Manhattan and job hopped, variously working as an executive for Fleer, then a cigar manufacturer, a women’s garments firm, and as a business consultant. He was technical advisor on Howard Hawks’ 1930 film, the original Dawn Patrol with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., although a lot of sites state Swaab worked on the 1938 version.

He was an early member of Cross and Cockade and the main speaker at the August 17, 1962 meeting.
He died a year later of heart trouble and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, his squadron mate Ray Brooks present along with other notables including General Carl Spaatz.

Swaab flew a Spad XIII with the bore the name ‘Mayer II’ beneath the cockpit in honor of his
Father and a star for each victory placed round the units comet insignia.

Started indoors in March, Paddy's Poppies Thrive on June 9th!

Paddy planted her poppies indoors in February knowing that she wouldn't get them in the ground till May.
Poppy plants a month from transplant.

“Dividing them up was traumatic! The seedling just fell into my hands with the roots exposed, and I thought they would never make it,” said Paddy.

Well, a month has gone by and Paddy’s Poppies are on their  way. ”They were a little slow in growing
in the peat pots,” continued Paddy, “but they survived the transplant and now are about 4" high.”

Note that the shape of the leaves and the light green color that distinguishes them from ”weeds” as they grow.

“The seeds we sowed the end of the first week in May are still quite small,” said Paddy. ” And they are real hard to tell from the small weeds growing in around them. I am just letting them alone until I know which are truly poppies, and which should be pulled out.

Poppy Planting at the Gravesite of John Bartram

Shakespeare, the service dog of Committee Member Judy Reese, stands guard at the entrance to the Darby Friends Burial Grounds in wait of the poppy planting on June 4th.

The first break into the soil in preparation
for the poppy planting at the grave site
of American botanist John Bartram.
Established on land given by John Blunston in 1687, the Darby Friends Burial Ground is located on a small hill at 12thj and Main Streets in Darby, It is claimed to be the oldest burial ground in Pennsylvania in continuous use. Small, simple markers serve as gravestones.

Between 1730 and 1795 no markers were allowed, thereby the count of burials is difficult. Blunston and noted American botanist John Bartram, a friend of Ben Franklin, are buried here along with one Revolutionary War veteran and 29 Civil War veterans.

As stated by Lansdowne resident Ryan Berley, a member of the World War One Delco Centennial Committee and co-owner of the Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia, “In planting Flanders Poppies, we honor the servicemen and women of World War One.  Service took many forms during the great war.  Of military service, most certainly.  But also in volunteer aid organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, the YMCA and the Knights of Columbus, to name a few.   Or in the newly formed Friends Service Committee, where conscientious objector Quakers went ‘over there’ to France, drove ambulances, offered medical aid and helped displaced widows and children find food and shelter in the context of war.  We are grateful to all of those who served others, in so many ways.’

Group of Centennial Committee Members planting, prepping the soil and watering poppies placed at the grave site of John Bartram.

Delaware County Memorial Day Events for 2017

Lansdowne Remembers: A Personal Story of Remembrance from Ryan Berley 
Greetings Friends,

I'd like to relate a personal story that touched me on this Memorial Day, 2017 - 100 years just after the US entered the 'War to end all Wars.'

An old friend of mine from Freeman's, Jim Buckley, passed away last year.  Jim came to a couple of parties we gave wearing a World War One officer's uniform that he obtained when Freeman's auctioned the estate of the Harbison Dairy family in Philadelphia.  Not only was Harbison in the milk business, they were in the ice cream business, making and selling all over Philadelphia. The uniform and story fit Jim perfectly.  After his death, Jim's widow Sheila contacted me and asked if I'd like the uniform.  So a few weeks ago, Lizzie and I went up to Chestnut Hill for a nice evening and returned with Capt. Harbison's tunic, jodhpurs, Sam Browne belt, insignia and even his eyeglasses.  As it turns out, Jim and I were the same build and the uniform fit me perfectly too.

At a Neighbors Club dinner last week, some members of the local American Legion Post 65 approached me and asked if I would march with them in the Memorial Day parade, an honor that I accepted.  I thought it would be appropriate to wear the Captain's uniform in honor of my late friend Jim as well as the veterans.  So early this morning, I convened with the men of the Albert Wunderlich

American Legion Post 65 and marched alongside their truck, holding the sons-in-service flag from St. John's Episcopal Church in Lansdowne. The flag has three gold stars signifying the men from that congregation who were killed in France, with all of the blue stars representing Lansdowne men who served in WWI from St. John's. (pics attached) The flag is a poignant reminder of just how many lives wars touch, just from one church.
Albert Clinton Wunderlich
in the uniform worn by Ryan
Berley during the Lansdowne
Memorial Day Celebration

We marched past the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church behind my home, with its glorious WWI
stained glass windows honoring Albert Wunderlich and others from Lansdowne who lost their lives during the Great War.  And as we approached the war memorials, I was handed a program honoring Lt. Albert Clinton Wunderlich, namesake of the local Legion chapter, Lansdowne man, 22, who was killed in France on September 28, 1918.  As I read the program, I learned Wunderlich served with the 79th (Croix de Lorriane) Division in the 316th Infantry, Company L and was killed at Montfaucon in one of the final Allied offensives of the war.  The church bell tolled eleven times for the eleventh hour.

I was astounded.  The uniform I was wearing was for a Capt. Harbison of the 316th Infantry, 79th Division - the very same regiment of Lieutenant Wunderlich!  These men certainly would have known one another as officers in the same unit.  As the ceremonies progresses, I felt a kinship with all of these men, my heart crying with joy and loss.  There was a giant flag folding ceremony with veterans and local residents on the football field, with the Mayor placing the flag at the foot of the WWII monument.  The final event, a distribution of poppies at the Lansdowne World War One Memorial (designed by Clarence Brazer, architect of my home) was a touching tribute to Lieutenant Wunderlich and all of the men and women from Lansdowne who saw military service.

I feel privileged to honor our servicemen and women on this solemn Memorial Day and will wear a poppy in their honor.  I hope that you will too.

Ryan Berley,

Co-owner, The Franklin Fountain & Shane Confectionery

Radnor Remembers with a Parade and a Tribute
Celebrations began on a cold, rainy morning on Monday at 9:45 a.m. Crowds formed quickly with former ABC morning weather man Dave Frankel as MC. A Radnor cycle brigade headed parade that included antique and custom cars, bands, fire engines and veterans of World War I, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. 

The parade terminated at the War Memorial on South Wayne Avenue where ceremonies were held under tents. The Memorial, originally built to remember those who died from Radnor in World War One, was surrounded by lavendar, fitting that many of those who served in the Great War would have seen fields of lavendar in France in the spring of 1917.

Brookhaven Remembers the 100th Anniversary of America’s Entry into World War One
The borough held its Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, outside of the municipal building, 2 Cambridge Drive. Before the ceremony, the St. James Alumni Choir sang patriotic songs at 9:45, followed by a call to attention by Councilwoman Denise Leslie.

The ceremony began with invocation by Pastor Ben Grenier of Full Gospel Assembly, the national anthem performed by Lynn Stauffer on trumpet, Pledge of Allegiance by Councilwoman Leslie, and a POW/MIA remembrance by American Legion Post 94 Adjutant Tom Foster and hymn by the St. James Choir.

Post 94 Commander Harry Seth served as master of ceremonies for a program featuring: Remarks by Mayor Mike Hess and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Zachary; wreath laying ceremony by Boy Scouts with a rifle salute by Sun Valley HS JROTC cadets, and unveiling of a World War I memorial stone by Mary Beth Davis, granddaughter of WWI veteran Antonio DeSanchs. The community  participated in the  ceremonial folding of the Saving Hallowed Ground  WW1  Centennial  20 x 30' American flag Following the closing of the ceremony, there was a flag burning of retired American flags and refreshments in the community room

Yeadon Remembered

On Saturday 27 May 2017 in cooperation with the Veterans Administration, the Borough of Yeadon held a Memorial Day weekend observance of the Centennial of World War One at the VA owned and operated Naval Asylum Burial Ground in Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The solemn observance was planned by Patrick Trio, member of the World War One Delco Centennial Committee.

Destination Delco Partners with the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its Memorial Day Celebration

648 Americanf lags were placed at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 29, 2017, in remembrance of the 648 soldiers from Philadelphia who died during the conflict that lasted 25 years.

Philadelphia County has partnered with the World War One Delco Centennial Committee by planting poppies at their site. In addition, the LaSalle College High School distributed Delco’s commemorative poppy seed packets to attendees of the Memorial’s remembrance  and the partnership between the two Counties was announced during the ceremony.

In Remembrance of Memorial Day - The Meuse-Argonne Offensive

In remembrance of World War One, Destination Delco and the World War One Delco Centennial Committee are sharing this powerful film designed for the visitor center at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. This film presents visitors with an immersive, World War I experience. Scenes include the realities of trench warfare, the brutality of hand-to-hand combat, the effects of poison gas, the limited availability of medical care, and the celebration of the Armistice. The film blends historic footage against this portrayal of the battlefield experience.

Cadets Plant Poppies at Valley Forge Military Academy & College

Valley Forge Military Academy cadets planted poppies in early May in a flowerbed near the walkway to the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion in remembrance of all those who served in World War I from Delco. The school is located in the northern most tip of Radnor, Delaware County.

Established in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy & College is an international leadership institute, comprised of a middle school and college preparatory high school for boys and a co-ed two-year college, each accredited by the Middle States Commission. Located in Wayne, Pa, VFMAC offers commuting, day, and boarding options. The campus environment is defined by the application of a military model that prepares students to lead and inspire others beyond graduation in a complex and competitive global environment. At VFMAC, students are immersed in a unique educational experience anchored on five cornerstones: academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development and leadership. These cornerstones are the foundation for cadets reaching their academic potential to achieve success in the classroom and beyond.
For information on Academy & College, Click Here, or call 610-989-1300.

Poppies Blooming at Chanticleer

Poppies are blooming early at Chanticleer, most likely from seeds that reseed themselves each year. The Chanticleer Pleasure Garden is one of the great gardens of the region and located in Wayne in Delaware Garden. Once the Rosengarten estate, today's Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting. Come discover why London's Financial Times calls us "planted to perfection" and Garden Design magazine says we are "America's most inspiring garden."  For directions and more information,  click here to visit chanticleergarden.org.

Barbara Selletti Speaks about Lazaretto at the Furness Library

U.S. Aviation School organized an Air Squadron in Essington at the Lazaretto in March 1917 in preparation for a possible war in Europe.
On Monday, June 12, 2017, local historian Barbara Selletti will be speaking about the Lazaretto, the oldest quarantine hospital, and last surviving example of its type in the United States.

The Lazaretto was built by the newly created Board of Health following the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 that killed off one tenth of Philadelphia's population. Later it became home to the Philadelphia Athletic Club, then a flight school during World War I, and then a seaplane base.

Barbara Selletti will paint a vivid picture of Lazaretto’s long and fascinating history.

The program is free and open to the public: Monday, June 12 at the Helen Kate Furness Library on Providence Road in Wallingford, and starts at 7:30.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Known as the “Lazaretto Lady,” Barbara Selletti is a local historian, genealogist and Neumann University librarian. She and her husband, Tony, were instrumental in the effort to save and restore the Lazaretto.

To register for the event, please Click Here!

ManorCare Health Services Plants Poppies

Employees and management at ManorCare Health Services in Wallingford, Delaware County have planted the area around their sign with poppies.

Located on South Providence Road in Wallingford, PA, Wallingford Nursing & Rehab Center provides individualized post-hospital skilled nursing care in a comfortable environment. Their clinical and therapy teams are experienced in providing specialized care focused on your needs, interests and ability. This commitment results in a smoother and safer transition throughout your recuperation.

Paddy's Poppies Get Planted

On Sunday, May 7th, Paddy helped the Beuclers plant their poppy seeds in a plot prepared with sand and potting soil.

Yesterday, on Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day), she transplanted her poppy seedlings started indoors, into another prepared plot near the Beucler’s. The planting was after a soaking rain on Saturday. She had left the peat pots outside, and the seedlings were transferred into the “wet” soil that was about the same temperature as the soil in the peat pots, but as she says, “I know transplanting is traumatic for the young roots, and I have no idea whether they will thrive.”

In the later afternoon, the poppies were watered again.

Announcement! 5000 Seed Packets Available between May 12-15

Please check with Destination Delco for pickups. 610-565-3679

Williamson College of the Trades and Elwyn Plant Rt. 352 with Poppies

Students of the Williamson College of the Trades Horticulture Program prepare the campus fields along Route 352 for a summer poppy garden in recognition of the centennial of America's involvement in World War One.
Elwyn and Williamson have joined forces to create a dazzling summer poppy garden this summer on their opposing properties on Route 352 (Middletown Road). Instructor Chuck Feld and a crew of students of Williamson’s Horticulture, Landscaping & Turf Management program hauled out the heavy equipment to strip down a large bed extending along the length of the campus.

Williamson was founded in 1888 by a successful Philadelphia merchant and philanthropist, Isaiah V. Williamson, and its mission has always been to prepare qualified young men to be respected leaders and productive members of society.

Master Gardener Linda Barry works with students of Williamson College of Trades Horticultural Program to plant seeds outside the Rose Tree Tavern, the location of the Destination Delco Tourism Bureau.

The horticulture program has its own complex on campus named after Mrs. Dorrance Hill Hamilton, who contributed greatly to the school. Graduates of the program are well prepared to enter the Horticulture Industry at entry-level supervisory/foreman management positions and to work for a variety of employers, including tree care companies, landscape design/build firms, grounds departments, private estates, golf courses, public gardens, and arboreta. and are prepared to advance
quickly into management and supervisory positions.

For more information, click here.

Master Gardeners of the Penn State Extension Program, Chuck Feld and students of Williamson College of the Trades work closelyvwith members of Delaware County Council to make Delco the Poppy Capital of Pennsylvania for 2017.

May is Poppy Planting Time in Delco

Paddy show Barbara Beucler how to spread the poppy seeds while Dwight racks out an even finish for the small poppy garden in the rear of their home in Radnor, Delaware County.
The garden was defined on Saturday May 6th for a planting on May 7th. The morning was sunny and the ground moist which made the prepping easier. A spade was used to define the edges and make the first cuts into the grassy soil. Then the spade was used to skim off the grass keeping as much top soil as possible.

Some refined garden soil was added and sand mixed in and roots removed.

“Delco Gothic”
At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7th Paddy showed up. The skies were grey and there was a bit of a drizzle. The air was cool, so Paddy decided to wait before transplanting her young poppies started in peat pots into the ground. With Mother's Day a week away, and the air cool she and the Beucler's figured we could start the seeds and hope they would survive the early planting.

Paddy displaying the Poppy Seed sign in another Radnor garden.
Paddy brought a package of sand in which she mixed in several packets of seeds since she would be sowing seeds in the garden on the property next door to the Beucler's later. There was about 2 lbs of sand in which she had Barbara mix thoroughly with seeds. Barbara then covered the entire garden evenly.

According to the Master Gardeners of the Penn State Extension Program, the seeds need no more than tamping into the soil, so Paddy walked the distance across the plot a couple of times assuring the seeds were settled. It continued to rain on and off, so there seemed no reason to water the plot.

Barbara and Dwight were pleased with the results and willingly posed for a photo of them in front of their barn mimicking Grant Woods painting “American Gothic.”

Paddy went on to use the rest of the seeds next door, where she will also place the potted poppies as the days get warmer.

Sharing Memories of our WW1 Heroes – from New Zealand to Delaware County

Kathy Pelczarski, Delaware County Master Gardener, has been sharing some of the stories of Delco’s World War I Remembrance and the Flanders Poppy Program with an old college friend, Anne Boren, who now lives in New Zealand.  Anne respionded that there are Flanders poppies everywhere in New Zealand right now for ANZAC Day in commemoration of those that served and died during WWI.  Specifically, ANZAC Day (April 25) which commemorates when ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Inspired by the shared stories and the symbolism of the Flanders Poppies, Anne is in the process of creating matching quilted wall hangings for Kathy and herself. One will remain in New Zealand; the other will become Kathy's and reside in Delaware County.