Members of the American Legion Post 120, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 120 and Sons of the American Legion 120 will distribute red poppies for donations to honor fallen soldiers for National Poppy Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 23-25 at Breen’s Market, 611 E. Main St., Palmyra.
The Flanders Fields poppy is recognized internationally as a symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope none died in vain. The American Legion called upon Congress to proclaim the Friday before Memorial Day, May 24, 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 also honors hospitalized and disabled veterans, who make many of the red crepe paper flowers. Making the poppies provides a financial and therapeutic benefit to the vets, as well as a benefit to thousands of others.
When the American Legion adopted the poppy as its memorial flower in the 1920s, the blood-red 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 U.S. All of the funds go to vets, military and their families. Call (315) 597-2302 for information.