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Armistice Day & the Remembrance Poppy

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:45am

About The Event

SPRINGFIELD, MA:  In conjunction with our current exhibit, “Push The Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I”, join Park Ranger Susan Ashman for her presentation “The Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: 1918” on  Saturday, November 11 at 10:45am.   Admission is free of charge.

During this presentation, Park Ranger Susan Ashman will discuss the final hours of World War I, quotes from battlefield soldiers, the story behind the poem “In Flanders Field” and the historical significance and evolvement of the Remembrance Poppy in relation to the war.

"It is incredibly tragic how many soldiers were killed from the time the Armistice was signed, until it went into effect. Some divisions were ordered to launch a final charge at 10:30am knowing that the Armistice was going to go into effect a half hour later”,

            remarked Ranger Susan Ashman.

During World War I, an American woman named Moina Michael vowed to wear a red poppy in rememberance of all those soldiers killed after reading the poem, “In Flanders Field”. She was the driving force behind handing out silk poppies to raise funds for war victims after the war, which continues through today.

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory

(1794 – 1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. The Museum is open 9am – 5pm seven days a week Memorial Day – October. Starting November 6, the museum will be closed on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. For further information call (413) 734-8551, check the website at www.nps.gov/spar  or go to www.facebook.com/sparnhs.                             

Contact : Susan Ashman
Category: Massachusetts, Education


Location : Springfield Armory National Historic Site (Copy)
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA, 01105





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