Retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird: 645K poppies on National Mall honor American troops lost since WWI
May 28, 201811:40 am
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Visitors to the National Mall over the weekend might have been startled at the sight of a 133-foot-long field of poppies. Unfortunately it had to be pulled up for Memorial Day. It consists of 645,000 plants, one for each American warfighter killed since World War I. Retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird, senior vice president of military affairs for USAA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the back story.