Delaware County is going RED

Poppy seeds being planted across the county to remember World War I Veterans


Delaware County Council and Destination Delco, Delaware County's Tourism Bureau announced a county-wide initiative on May 9 to plant poppy seeds across the county in honor of World War I veterans.

This year marks the Centennial of the United States entering into World War I, known as the war to end all wars. More Americans gave their lives during that war, than during the Korean and Vietnam wars combined, and even though it profoundly shaped the rest of the 20th Century. Millions of men and women responded to the call 100 years ago, including 280 from Delaware County who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

The poem "Flanders Field" was written in 1915 by Canadian Physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrea, in memory of his friend who died in the Great War. The red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers have become a symbol to memorialize and honor World War I veterans.

Delaware County is going RED in remembrance of World War I by launching a county-wide initiative to plant poppy seeds across the county in honor of World War I veterans. Destination Delco has already begun to distribute the poppy seeds to homes, historic properties and gardens throughout Delaware County. Gardeners suggest planting the seeds in late April or Early May for a summer bloom.

"Delaware County Council is dedicated to protecting those in active military service, helping veterans who have returned home from war and remembering and honoring the veterans who are no longer with us," said Delaware County Councilman Dave White. "We hope as you pass by a sea of red poppies that you will be reminded of those who fought for our freedom."

Following the announcement Delaware County Council, horticultural students from the Williamson College of the Trades and gardeners from the Penn State Master Gardeners Program planted poppy seeds outside of the Destination Delco office in Media.

"Our goal is to create public awareness of the great sacrifices of a patriotic generation of Americans and we encourage all of our businesses, organizations, schools and residents to plant these poppy seeds in their honor," said White. "Let's Turn Delco Red!"

Packets of red poppy seeds are being provided by Delaware County and are being distributed to homes, historical properties and gardens throughout Delaware County. Residents can get the seeds by visiting the Destination Delco office and at various businesses and local libraries across the county. A full list of locations can be found at: www.destinationdelco.com




Delco Goes Red for World War I Veterans

Delaware County Councilmen Dave White, John McBlain and Mike Culp joined members of Destination Delco, the Penn State Master Gardeners and students from Williamson College of the Trades on May 9 to announce a county-wide initiative to plant red poppy seeds across the county in honor of World War I veterans. The red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers have become a symbol to memorialize and honor World War I veterans. Delaware County has already begun to distribute the poppy seeds to homes, historic properties and gardens throughout Delaware County. Gardeners suggest planting the seeds in late April or Early May for a summer bloom. Residents can get the seeds by visiting the Destination Delco office and at various businesses and local libraries across the county. A full list of locations can be found at: www.destinationdelco.com