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By Sheyla

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She Spent An Entire Year Decorating Her Pub With Flowers… The Reason Why Is Important.

Ever since the poem “In Flanders Fields” was published in 1915, the red poppy has become a symbol for Remembrance day, observed annually on November 11th. The event commemorates fallen soldiers, veterans and those on active-duty. However, Julia Cooper has created a year-round tribute for veterans at Don Bar in Stockton, United Kingdom.

Part of the pub’s walls and ceiling are covered with 70,000 poppies made by disabled veterans. Cooper has hot glued the flowers, losing her fingerprints in the process. The other walls are covered with photographs of soldiers. Cooper feels very passionate about her labor of love. “It’s so people don’t forget and it’s somewhere people can put faces to our forces who have lost their lives or are still fighting somewhere out there.”

Cooper’s pub has collected over £7,000 in donations in the last 12 months. The money is going to charities helping servicemen and women. She does not have any plans to stop; her goal is to surpass 100,000 poppies.

Julie Cooper's pub has become a tribute to veterans.

Julie Cooper's pub has become a tribute to veterans.

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People from all over the United Kingdom are sending Cooper photographs and memorabilia of family members who have served.

People from all over the United Kingdom are sending Cooper photographs and memorabilia of family members who have served.

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"I know there’s not another place like this. It’s something I believe in,” says Cooper.

"I know there’s not another place like this. It’s something I believe in,” says Cooper.

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Cooper says it's common for people to cry when they see the poppies and photos.

Cooper says it's common for people to cry when they see the poppies and photos.

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The basement of the pub is being used as a meeting space for veterans.

The basement of the pub is being used as a meeting space for veterans.

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The bar serves free tea and coffee daily to service men and women.

The bar serves free tea and coffee daily to service men and women.

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Each of the 70,000+ poppies are hand-made with care.

Each of the 70,000+ poppies are hand-made with care.

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One soldier was so moved by the decorum that he donated his jacket with all his medals to the bar.

One soldier was so moved by the decorum that he donated his jacket with all his medals to the bar.

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"If you look at each photo, each man's got a look in his eyes, it's a look of proudness, it's quite emotional."

"If you look at each photo, each man's got a look in his eyes, it's a look of proudness, it's quite emotional."

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Next, check out the poppies at the Tower of London.

Source: deMilked

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