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Memorial Day display on National Mall to include 645,000 red poppy flowers

Poppy flowers stand in a meadow in Offenbach near Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

WASHINGTON (Circa) - The National Mall will play host to a new, temporary monument meant to symbolize the 645,000 American lives that have been lost in conflict since World War I. This weekend, 645,000 red poppy flowers will be set in a wall 133 feet long and 8.5 feet tall.

The poppy wall will be open to the public 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. May 25 through May 27. It will be located on the southwestern side of the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.

Visitors to the site can dedicate a poppy in the wall via kiosks placed around it. Those who can't visit the wall can dedicate one of the flowers online.

The poppy came to symbolize the blood shed in World War I through a poem called "In Flanders Fields" written by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae.

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