Poppies have always meant the start of summer for me. For as long as I can remember our vets have stood outside of stores and on street corners trading donations for cloth (and now plastic) poppies during the Memorial Day weekend. Have you ever heard of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London art installation? All 886,998 poppies that made up the installation were sold, raising millions of pounds which were distributed equally between six service charities. I’d love to see a version of this installation done stateside to commemorate our veterans. Until then, I buy poppies from every vet I see as my inadequate way of remembering, and thanking, every military soldier (past and present). for their service to their country and its citizens.