May is Poppy month for Vets

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

In the city of Kenai May 6th was officially designated as Poppy Day. American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Miss, seven-year-old Becca Trickel was on hand with her mother Crystal to receive Mayor Pat Porter's proclamation read in her absence by acting mayor, City Councilman Joe Moore at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon. According to American Legion Auxiliary member Crystal Trickel, the poppy has been the symbol to honor U.S. Veterans since World War I. "In the battlefields of Belgium during WWI poppies grew in wild abundance amid the ravages of the war as the overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered and grow allowing them to bloom and forever be a reminder of the bloodshed of war. The American Legion Auxiliary started in 1919 to support the American Legion and today is a remarkable organization of dedicated women across the country devoted to America's Veterans, young people, and communities." said Trickel. A replica of the poppy has become the memorial flower of the American Legion, George H. Plumley Memorial Post and American Legion Auxiliary, Kenai Unit 20. This year Auxiliary members are asking every citizen to wear a poppy as a symbol of the price of war and sacrifice of millions during the month of May and through Memorial Day weekend, May 25th.

"Donations that we receive for the poppies continue to provide a financial and therapeutic benefit to those veterans who construct them, as well as benefiting thousands of other veterans and their families who benefit from poppy distribution. One hundred percent of the proceeds from distribution of poppies are designated to welfare relief for servicemen and women and their families," added Trickel. "My Grandpa was in the army and I'm proud of him and I like meeting people as the Poppy Miss and giving them a poppy for a donation," said this year's Poppy Miss. You can pick up a poppy on Saturdays throughout May at either IGA or Safeway in Kenai and other locations throughout the Central Peninsula. In her proclamation naming May 6th American Legion Auxiliary, Kenai Unit 20 Poppy Day, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter urged the citizens of Kenai to wear with pride an American Legion poppy.

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