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The Poppy Memorial pops up on the National Mall this weekend

It will feature 645,000 poppy flowers — one for every fallen soldier since World War I 


A new, temporary monument is headed to the National Mall this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. USAA, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will bring The Poppy Memorial to the southwestern side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

The pop-up monument is going to be hard to miss: The Poppy Memorial is a 133-foot-long, 8 1/2 foot-tall translucent structure filled with more than 645,000 synthetic poppy flowers. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance for fallen servicemembers, and the monument will contain one poppy for every man and woman who gave their life in service of America since World War I.

The Poppy Memorial will be open to the public daily for viewing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and if you can’t visit in person, there’s a website with a VR experience for viewers to explore.

Update: Here’s a photo of the Poppy Memorial on the National Mall.