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UPDATED: American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Days Friday, Saturday

May 16, 2017

The American Legion Auxiliary of the Allen-Jewett Post No. 47 will conduct its 2017 Poppy Days Friday and Saturday in Fairfield.

Friday, auxiliary members will be at First National Bank, Fairfield Hy-Vee and Drug Store and Walmart. Saturday, the auxiliary members will be at Hy-Vee and Walmart.

Poppies bloomed abundantly in the spring of 1919 in the battlefields of France during World War I where so many had fallen in battle. The replica of that poppy has been considered the Memorial Flower of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1921. Poppies are distributed as an emblem of faith to veterans who died through service to the living, and other veterans who have served or are serving.

One hundred percent of the profits from the free-will-offering collected during Poppy Days each year is pledged to the welfare relief for servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

The poppies are made of red crepe paper; in Iowa, the poppies are made by veterans who are disabled and in hospitals, and the local auxiliaries that distribute in their specific communities pay the individual who makes them.

Poppies are distributed each year by members of the American Legion Auxiliary and other volunteer workers. The public is given the opportunity to help veterans by donating, and pay tribute to all veterans who are deceased, have served or are serving, by wearing a poppy during Poppy Days.

In an effort to bring greater attention to the symbolism of the red poppy, the American Legion family is embarking on a national effort to increase awareness and encouraging community participation on May 26, the inaugural of National Poppy Day.

On Memorial Day, people in the community also are asked to take a moment to honor the services of men and women who have gone to fight for the nation and tragically did not return home.

Anyone wishing further information about Fairfield Poppy Days can contact Darlene Vorhies at 472-4449.

 

NOTE: Poppy Days will be Friday and Saturday only; not Sunday.

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