Buddy Poppies

The History of the Buddy Poppy

The buddy poppy or remembrance poppy has been used since 1922 to commemorate military service members who have died in war. Although the practice originated in America with the American Legion, other military veteran organizations around the world have adopted the remembrance poppy, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand.

The remembrance poppies are modeled after the common poppy, and inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written by John McCrae. The poem refers to the fact that poppies were the first flowers to grow on the graves of soldiers in Flanders, an area near Belgium.

Moina Michael, in response to McCrae’s poem, wrote a poem of her own, titled “We Shall Keep the Faith,” and promised to wear a red poppy to remember those who died in war. After the war, Moina worked with disabled veterans and realized the depth of their financial aid, and came up with a possible solution: selling silk poppy replicas.

To pursue her idea, she showed up to the November 1918 YWCA Conference with a silk poppy pinned to her jacket and distributed similar flowers to other attendants. At the conference, a Frenchwoman named Ana Guerin, took up the idea and set up a network of poppysellers, and the process became widely accepted.

Remembrance poppies are now a trademark of the VFW and continue to be a source of income for disabled veterans today.

The poem that inspired the remembrance poppies, “In Flanders Fields,” is reprinted here, as well as Moina Michael’s poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith.”

In Flanders Fields:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks still bravely singing fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the dead: Short days ago,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved: and now we lie

In Flanders fields!


Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you, from failing hands, we throw

The torch: be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die,

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields



We Shall Keep the Faith:

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,

Sleep sweet – to rise anew!

We caught the torch you threw

And holding high, we keep the Faith

With All who died.


We cherish, too, the poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led;

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies,

But lends a lustre to the red

Of the flower that blooms above the dead

In Flanders Fields.


And now the Torch and Poppy Red

We wear in honor of our dead.

Fear not that ye have died for naught;

We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought

In Flanders Fields.

Movie Night

The International Museum of Cultures is happy to present the first movie night of 2017. On Saturday, Jan. 28th, our year kicks off with the film The Great Debaters.

The Great Debaters is a film based on the true story of a debate team from Wiley College who were inspired by a professor, Melvin B. Thompson, to form the college’s first debate team, which would eventually go on to challenge the reigning champion debate team in a national championship.

“It is a dramatic film about a historical event of importance, African-American achievement. It’s a great story about human oppression and human victory. We need to remember these strides in racial justice,” Anne and Tim Perry explain.

“We have all been affected and infected by racism to a greater or lesser degree,” Anne said. “But it’s a curable disease.”

Anne and Tim hope to use these dinners to broaden audience perspective as well as encourage discussion.

“We started the film events because we believe that film is a medium that can promote meaningful discourse around important issues, as well as delight and entertain us,” Anne said.

For them, the best part of the movie nights are the people who attend and the questions the movie raises.

“We get to meet a lot of different people and we have discussions after the films that we really enjoy,” Tim said.

The movie will start at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28th. There will be no entrance fee, but donations are accepted. For more information on the event, visit http://internationalmuseumofcultures.org/events/international-culture-series-movie-the-great-debators/.

Information on the true story this movie is based on can be found here: http://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/wiley-colleges-great-debaters

The movie imdb page can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427309/.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Culture is never static – we are always developing, always changing, and one of the great challenges of our lifetimes is to insure that we move forward and not back, not just in our personal lives, but in the state of our governments, our countries.

Martin Luther King Jr., born Jan 15th, 1929, made it his goal to ensure that the United States was among those that moved forward by standing up to injustice as he saw it and by encouraging that same spirit in others. His oratorical talent roused not violence in his listeners, but a deep sense of empathy and justice. He used this energy to stage nonviolent protests large enough that they changed the face of the United States.

Even with so many people behind his cause, King met with many obstacles and setbacks. Although is protests were nonviolent, he was often at odds with the law. He was arrested 30 times and received numerous threats on his life.

According to biographer Taylor Branch, the Civil Rights Movement had a huge toll on King physically. King’s autopsy revealed that, although only 39 years old, he had the “heart of a 60 year-old (source).” King spent most of his life fighting for equality and it became his cause of death on April 4th, 1968, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray.

Although King’s assassination took place in 1968, but it was not until 1983 that President Ronald Reagan declared his birthday a national holiday and it wasn’t until three years later that the holiday was upheld for the first time. It was even later than that, just seventeen years ago, that all states celebrated MLK Day—some states, until that point, had resisted celebrating the holiday as MLK Day.

On MLK Day, the International Museum of Cultures celebrates the efforts of a great man whose peaceful protests and moving speeches helped bring the United States one giant step closer to equality. He is remembered not just by his legal achievements—the Civil Rights Act, which included the Fair Housing Act—but by his kindness and his strength of character.

His famous “I Have a Dream” speech, one of the finest United States speeches in history, can be listened to through this (link). A full transcript is also available. For more information on Martin Luther King Jr., visit The King Center at http://www.thekingcenter.org/.

Veteran’s Day Student Essay Contest – Freedom Is Not Free

Essay Contest!



A significant day for our culture in the United States is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor all the men and women who have served and are serving in the military. Many of these men and women have given and will give their lives in order to see our nation secure. Here at the International Museum of Cultures, we believe that it is important for children to have an appreciation for cultures worldwide, but we also believe that it is extremely important for our children to hold appreciation for the culture in which they live. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, the museum is sponsoring the Freedom Essay Contest for students in 1st grade through 12th grade.

First through fourth graders can write a 100 word essay on why FREEDOM IS NOT FREE due by November 8th for judging. Fifth through eighth graders are encouraged write a 150 word essay on the same topic and submit it by midnight on November 8th for judging. High school students may write a 250 word essay considering the same topic and submit it by noon on November 9th for judging. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded at the Salute to Veterans event hosted by the museum on November 11th.

If you have any questions or want to see your students involved in saluting our veterans this November, do not hesitate to call or email us for more information:

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Jewish-American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is an annual recognition and celebration of Jewish American achievements in and contributions to the United States of America. In April 2006, President George W. Bush announced that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, marking the moment as an achievement in the effort of the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish Community leaders for a celebration of Jewish Americans and Jewish American Heritage. May was chosen as the month of Jewish American Heritage Month because of the successful 350th Anniversary Celebration of Jews in America. Republican Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) were those who urged the president to proclaim a recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to America and the American culture. The Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition states that, “JAHM also enables the exploration of the meaning of religious pluralism, cultural diversity, and participation in American civic culture.”


In celebration of this rich history of cultural unity and support, the International Museum of Cultures proudly proclaims a thank you to the nation of Israel. We desire to provide continued support for their small, courageous culture during these current times of political unrest in the middle east. We hope that during the month of May, fellow Americans will be reminded of the cross-cultural friendship we possess.

Happy Earth Day!


Earth Day is a time to celebrate the gorgeous planet we inhabit as brother and sister human beings. The globe is colorful – green forests, mountainous grays, rainbow sunsets…but, what makes our planet the most colorful and beautiful are the individuals who make up the color-spectrum of humanity. We are each born into an unique and fascinating culture that provides an abundant surge of vibrancy to the international network of souls that gives the earth its heartbeat. At the museum, we celebrate international cultures daily, but today, we want to pay special attention to the wonder that is US: the world. This Earth Day, we not only encourage you to reconsider how you can be a better economic steward of the planet throughout the year, but also take time to consider how you can become a better humanitarian. The oceans, mountains, forests deserve our care, but more importantly, do the people around you deserve your care. Lend a hand today to your neighbor. Venture out and touch the life of another human being who adds his or her own culture to our collective heartbeat.

Chicks, Chat & Chocolate

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~Octavio PazOn

Valentine’s Day, the International Museum of Cultures hosted a special poetry event: Chicks, Chat and Chocolate. In the early afternoon, poets Doris Black-Hubbard and Rachel Karp presented their works in a citation of rhyme and emotion. A paddle auction was also held, featuring many cultural art pieces and trinkets. Many ladies went home with beautiful keepsakes. Much chocolate was consumed and love expressed through kind words and encouraging chit-chat.

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