On the upcoming Memorial Day weekend you will find your local Legion Auxiliary volunteers at Safeway distributing poppies. The poppy is one of the most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. It became a symbol of the sacrifice endured on the battlefields of WWI when the poppies flourished among the bomb scared landscape. The brilliant red bloom brought forth thoughts of renewal and hope for those who lived and walked away, and a symbol of remembrance of those who never would. The poppy continues to be a symbol to remember those who serve and those who have fallen since that first Great War.
A poppy is never sold, but given in exchange for a contribution. All the money that is given is used for the purpose of veteran rehabilitation and assistance. Each nice piece poppy is handmade for veterans by veterans. The Auxiliary sponsored poppy shops pay a small wage to the veterans that make the poppies. The program not only provides therapeutic benefits providing physical and mental activity but the satisfaction of knowing they are helping other veterans and their families.
If you look around town you will find the poppy posters designed by local students. Each one designed in hope to help us all remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. The American Legion Auxiliary hopes that you will also take the time to thank a veteran for their service to our great Country.
The American Legion would like to thank Safeway for allowing them the space to use, and the other local businesses that have a poppy donation jar on display. The Auxiliary look forward to seeing you May 24-25 at Safeway and would like to thank the community in advance for your contribution and pride in wearing a poppy this Memorial Day weekend 2013.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our places, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
In This Photo: The American Legion Auxiliary will distribute poppies at Safeway.