Millie King The Zucerralo Family Matt & Sara Boben George Hiatsch Dan & Yanya Genel
April 6, 1917
Garden State in The Great War
The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. New Jersey joined in sending resources - human and material. Its unique location on the Atlantic coast, its populace and abundant resources led to significant contributions to the Nation's efforts.
Those We Honor
On May 17, 1917, the U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which authorized the federal government to raise a national army for service through conscription. In all, New Jersey would contribute 72,946 draftees and 46,960 volunteers.
PROJECT POPPY will be a public art installation to commemorate New Jersey residents who gave their lives during WWI, with plans for a possible annual application.
Originally planned for Memorial Day 2020, this community project will be postponed until Memorial Day, 2022. At this time we are looking at an installation date of May 31st leaving the installation in place until July 4th, Independence Day.
3,837 poppies will cascade from the left corner of Haddonfield Memorial High (on Sylvan Lake Avenue) to the grounds of the Veterans Memorial Grove. Each poppy will be made by local volunteers.
We're pleased to announce the Poppy Kits are all committed for and/or constructed. We would gratefully accept a donation to offset expenses for the installation and exhibition maintenance.
The announcement of PROJECT POPPY was made at the Memorial Grove at Haddonfield Memorial High School following the Memorial Day Parade on May 27, 2019.
Joe McElroy, resident, local business owner, Viet Nam veteran and member of American Legion Post 38, presented PROJECT POPPY.
There is an opportunity for individuals, families, school children, community groups, businesses and supporters to donate to this unique and stunning project.
A Sacrifice Not Forgotten
In New Jersey, numerous monuments and memorials mark The Great War and those who served.
In 1926, the newly built Memorial High School of Haddonfield was dedicated to the memory of Haddonfield residents killed in the World War. During the ceremony, a memorial tablet was unveiled by a brother and resident of a soldier who died in the Battle of the Argonne, the names of everyone who died were read, and a poppy was dropped before the tablet.
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae's Lasting Legacy
Poppies have long been associated with Remembrance Day, recognizing service in World War I. This is attributed to Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McRae and his poem of the battle in the Ypres salient, in the spring of 1915 . The brilliant red flower has become the symbol as it is one of the few plants able to grow on otherwise barren battlefields.
Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red
In December 2014, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the horrific conflict, the British Government commissioned the installation of poppies at the Tower of London.
Since then, many cities, states and countries have done the same.
Memorial High School
401 Kings Hwy E,
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
A cascade of red poppies will be installed at the Veterans Memorial Grove on the Memorial High School Haddonfield grounds. Each poppy will symbolize a fallen soldier from New Jersey who served in World War I. Sweeping from the library roof to the front of the lawn, its visual will give pause and reflection to all residents and visitors.
"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," at the Tower of London in December 2014, was the first installation of poppies to commemorate The Great War.