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Reinbeck American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Day May 17

May 9, 2019
Reinbeck Courier

The Reinbeck American Legion Auxiliary is distributing to the public the American Legion Poppies on Friday, May 17 at downtown area businesses. Proceeds from this campaign go to help disabled veterans and their families in our state. Part of the proceeds also pay for the poppies that are used to decorate Veteran graves in Reinbeck and Morrison cemeteries for Memorial Day. It is the goal of the Auxiliary to remember each fallen Veteran with a poppy, that is placed by their grave marker-we have over 400 veterans that are recognized each year-with the intention that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. We hope you will support our Poppy Campaign and thank you for all you do to help Veteran's in Reinbeck.

The Poppy Story

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem "In Flanders Fields." The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

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On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

Led by the American Legion Auxiliary, each year members of The American Legion Family distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.

Poppy Day is celebrated in countries around the world. The American Legion brought National Poppy Day to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day, as National Poppy Day.

On May 25, wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation's uniform.



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