Tricounty News

Poppy Days 2014

Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, the red crepe paper poppy wil be offered to the public by the American Legion Auxiliary.

This reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands in wars  is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit #261 in Kimball.

Volunteers from the Unit will once again take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

Funds collected on Poppy Days are used to assist the needy veterans and their families. It is a self help program as the Auxiliary’s familiar red paper poppy is hand-made by disabled and hospitalized veterans. These disabled and hospitalized veterans make the flowers by hand, petal by petal. It is part of a physical and psychlogical therapy program by veterans for veterans. These poppies are purchased by the Auxiliary and offered to the public, not at a price, but for a contribution, a few cents to say America remembers.

This memorial flower was adopted by the American Legion Auxiliary in 1920, and since that time, programs have been conducted throughout the United States each year.

Contributions made on Poppy Days are used by the local Unit to aid needy veterans and their families in the community and in hospitals throughout the state. All proceeds are channeled directly into veterans’ rehabilitation and welfare work for veterans’ children and youth.

Auxiliary members from Kimball will ask the public to pause for a moment, pin on a poppy, and wear it with pride, remembering the civilians who took an oath to serve their country and gave their lives so that Americans would survive today.

Thank you for “caring and sharing”

Anita Hoefer,

Poppy Day chairman