American Legion Post 120, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 120 and Sons of the American Legion 120 will honor fallen warriors and contribute to the needs of veterans by distributing red poppies in exchange for donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 24-26 at Breen’s Market, 611 E. Main St., Palmyra.
The Flanders Fields poppy is an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. American Legion called upon Congress to proclaim the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, as National Poppy Day.
“Wearing the poppy on National Poppy Day and throughout Memorial Day weekend is one small way to honor and remember our fallen warriors who willingly served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Deborah Klemann, ALA Unit 120 president. “We must never forget.”
The poppy honors hospitalized and disabled veterans, who handcraft many of the red crepe paper flowers. Making the poppies provides a financial and therapeutic benefit to veterans, as well as a benefit to thousands of other veterans.
When the American Legion adopted the poppy as its memorial flower in the early 1920s, the icon became a symbol of honor for the sacrifices of veterans from the battlefields of France in World War I to the current global war on terror. ALA raises over $5 million each year by distributing poppies throughout the nation, with 100 percent of the funds going to veterans, military and their families.
Call (315) 597-2302 for information.