The Corner

Poppies

Nice thing to see. Jason DeSena Trennert of Strategas Research Partners is on a Memorial Day mission: to restore the tradition of wearing poppies, especially amongst his Wall Street brethren. This isn’t something you’d expect to read in an investment report:

To make a long story short, I travel around quite a bit and on my travels to the U.K. and Canada I would occasionally see men and women wearing red crepe-paper poppies. Either through complete cluelessness or stupidity, I had never learned or had forgotten that these were worn on Memorial Day as a remembrance of those who have died in our nation’s service. The practice takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae. . . .  Given the fact that its origins rest here in the lower 48, there is a certain irony in the fact that the practice appears to be more widely observed abroad than in the U.S. Perhaps it’s because we have the day off, but it seems a pity. Last year, I resolved myself to bring the poppy back to my little corner of the world. We’re buying 1,000 to give to friends and clients and colleagues. Please let us know if you’d like us to send you one. They’re only 16 cents a-piece so we’ll consider it an honor if we need to buy more. I’m going to encourage all of my colleagues here at Strategas to wear them on the Friday before and the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

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