Tricounty News

Poppy Day May 10

To honor those who died for our freedom

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America’s war dead Saturday, May 10, designated as Poppy Day by Auxiliary Unit #261 in Kimball. They will begin selling them Friday, May 9, afternoon, and continue Saturday morning May 10.

Each nine-piece poppy is made by veterans for veterans in Auxiliary-sponsored Poppy Shops that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans. The Auxiliary provides the materials and the volunteers. The veteran makes the poppy and is paid a small amount for each painstakingly-made flower. For some, it is his or her only income.

The Poppy program has been part of Auxiliary programming for more than 70 years. It has been estimated that about 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America’s war dead and veterans, contributing more than $2 million for rehabilitation and welfare programs.

Anita Hoefer is chairman of this year’s event.

“And now the Torch and Poppy red

We wear in honor of our dead.

Fear not that ye have died for naught;

We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought

In Flanders Fields.”

We Shall Keep Faith,

Moina Michael