“From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.”
–The Poppy Story
American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar, red, handcrafted poppies honoring America’s war dead during the month of May. Post 781’s Auxiliary Unit has designated May as Poppy month.
The annual Poppy Event coincides with Memorial Day and helps to honor the millions of Americans who have willingly served their country and pay tribute to those veterans who have lost their lives in the last 75 years.
In Auxiliary Poppy Shops, veterans make each poppy that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans. As all of the materials and volunteers are donated by the Auxiliary, each veteran gets paid a small amount for each flower made. For some, it is their only income.
No matter the running cost of maintaining and supplying the Poppy Shops, the memorial poppy is never sold, but given in exchange for a contribution. All of the proceeds from the distribution will be invested in local programs that benefit veterans and their families.
The Poppy Program has been part of the Auxiliary program for over 70 years. It is estimated that 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America’s war dead and all veterans. The generous contribution of over $2 million dollars aids in rehabilitation and the overall welfare of the veterans lives as well as their families.
The Chairman of the event this year is Marie Heckman