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Legion Auxiliary plans Poppy Days

May 19, 2014

The American Legion Auxiliary of Allen-Jewett Post No. 47 will hold its primary 2014 Poppy Days distribution Friday and Saturday, and possibly complete it during the following week since so many people are gone during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Anyone wishing to help with Poppy Days or wishing for more information about Poppy Days or the American Legion Auxiliary can contact Darlene Vorhies at 472-4449 or mvanddv@lisco.com.

In the spring of 1919, poppies bloomed abundantly in the battlefields of France where so many men had fallen in battle. The American Legion Auxiliary has considered the replica of this poppy as its Memorial Flower since 1921, pledging 100 percent of the profits from the annual poppy distribution to the welfare relief for servicemen and servicewomen and their families. This pledge fulfilled the true meaning of the poppy as an emblem of faith to all who died through service to the living.

More than 25,000,000 memorial poppies are made of red crepe paper, by hand and by veterans who are disabled and in hospitals in 40 states, with the material furnished free by the auxiliary department in the state in which the hospital is located

The local auxiliaries pay the servicemen and servicewomen for making the poppies which they distribute in their communities.

Poppies are distributed each year by American Legion Auxiliary members and other volunteer workers. Thus, the public is given the opportunity to help by donating, and pay tribute to all who died in service by wearing a poppy during Poppy Days. All proceeds from the distribution of the poppies are devoted to Veterans Affairs and rehabilitation work by both the American Legion and Auxiliary, which includes aid to needy veterans and their families.

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