With Memorial Day on the horizon, The American Legion Family reminds the public that Congress supports May 25 as National Poppy Day®. The American Legion encourages all patriotic Americans to wear or display a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope.
“The American Legion Family is pleased to have brought National Poppy Day® to the United States,” said Nicki Trout, president of Charles Collins American Legion Auxiliary 381, Huntsville. “Wearing a poppy the Friday before Memorial Day is a reminder to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and is a symbol of hope for the generations to come who will answer our nation’s call to military service. It is important for Americans to remember that we have an entirely new group of veterans. Supporting them and their families is absolutely essential.”
The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for the country following WW I. It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields. Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front line in World War I, the poem honors soldiers killed in battle. In 1920, the poppy became the memorial flower of The American Legion Family.
Each year, members of The American Legion Family, led by The American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation. All donations received on will be used by The American Legion Family to support the future of local veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families.
This year’s Little Miss Poppy is Addison Booher, daughter of Cody and Stephanie Booher. Addison’s great grandfathers, Marion Sherer, Earnest Junior Walden and Eugene Edward Kozak served in the Korean conflict. She has several uncles, aunts and cousins who have served or currently serve in the Air Force, Army and Marines.
Huntsville ALA would like to thank Richwood Bank, Community Market, Desperados, Dollar General, Hurley Farms and Marastop for their support. For more information about Huntsville ALA meetings and activities contact Nicki Trout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Charles Collins American Legion Auxiliary 381.