Poppies a way to honor millions

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006

Are you aware of the meaning of the little red poppies that you see around during May and what they represent?

The nearly 1 million Legion Auxiliary members of the world’s largest patriotic service organization are asking everyone that when you see one of those cans, put a donation in and wear the poppy proudly.

We ask that you wear the poppy in honor of the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, and all too many making the ultimate sacrifice.

The poppy also honors the hospitalized and disabled veterans who make these red, handcrafted flowers and provides a financial and therapeutic benefit to those veterans who construct them as well as benefiting thousands of other veterans and their families by the revenues collected from the poppy distribution.

We recognize the sacrifice of our veterans and those serving us now as we are at war. Please help the American Legion Auxiliary honor those brave men and women by wearing the poppy and watch for a Memorial Day veterans graveside ceremony.

Let’s start putting the memory of our veterans back into Memorial Day. Is it just another day off of work? Do you know or think about why you get that day off of work or why it is recognized as a federal holiday? For God and country.

Debra Henderson


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