The Œuvre nationale du Bleuet de France is a charity that has been integrated since 1991 into the National Office for Veterans and War Victims; it provides assistance to the nationals of the Office.
Where does the Bleuet de France come from?
In 1925, Charlotte Malleterre, daughter of the commander of the Hôtel national des Invalides and Suzanne Leenhardt, nurse major, created a workshop at the National Institution of Invalides (INI). The residents make fabric blueberries there which they sell on the public highway, a means of providing them with an occupation and a source of income.
Why the Cornflower?
The cornflower is the symbol chosen to illustrate solidarity with the fighting world for several reasons. It is reminiscent of the horizon blue uniform that the young recruits, the "Bleuets", wore when they joined their elders, the "Hairy", on the battlefields. The cornflower is recognized as the French flower of remembrance, the one that grew in the mud of the trenches, the only colorful note in a landscape devastated with the poppy. Finally, blue is also one of the colors of the French nation, the first color of the tricolor.