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November 11, Saturday, Planting Poppies



   Hillsborough Groups to Plant Poppies on Veterans Day 2017 

A project to Honor the Men and Women Who Served in World War I

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, the Hillsborough Garden Club and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will plant poppies at eight locations around historic Hillsborough, NC. The effort is part of a program to honor the men and women who served in World War I. November 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and several events are planned for May 2018 when the poppies are expected to be in bloom.

 “We hope the poppies blooming all over town will be a reminder of the sacrifice and hardship our ancestors made during World War I,” said Andrea Lewis, president of the Hillsborough Garden Club. “Many people know very little about the war. The events we are planning for next year will help to generate a better understanding.”

Poppies have become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance of the “Great War.” The legend is that after the war – in which 16 million military and civilians were killed and 23 million wounded – poppies grew up at the sites of some of the bloodiest battlefields in France. “In Flanders Fields”, a poem by John McCrae, cemented this connection.

Planting will begin at 10 a.m. on November 11 at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough, and will proceed to several other sites. The Garden Club also has seeds available at the Visitors Center for a $2 donation should individuals want to plant them in their yards. Poppies should be scattered on the ground in the fall and will bloom in the April – May time frame. Other activities planned for May 2018 include a special exhibit at the Hillsborough Visitors Center of stories, photographs, and memorabilia from the war; and a presentation by a prominent author on the role North Carolina and its citizens played in the war. The Garden Club plant sale will be held May 4 and 5, 2018.

Planting sites include:

  • Hillsborough Visitors Center
  • Gold Park Pollinator Garden
  • Hillsborough Town Hall
  • Hillsborough Town Cemetery
  • Plots adjacent to municipal parking off Churton Street
  • Eagle Lodge (Masonic Hall)
  • Moorefields Historic Site
  • Burwell School Historic Site