Letter: Elburn American Legion to distribute memorial poppies

By on May 5, 2011

Elburn American Legion Auxiliary members and volunteers will be in downtown Elburn distributing memorial poppies on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

The poppy has become a nationally-known and recognized symbol of sacrifice, and is worn by Americans to honor those who served and died for their country. The wearing of a poppy means “honor the dead and help the living.”

The handmade poppies are crafted by disabled veterans, and the production activity provides physical and mental therapeutic benefits for the veterans. Donations received by the American Legion Auxiliary volunteers for the poppies are used extensively to assist and support veterans and their families through service programs.

In November 1918, Ms. Moina Michael bought a bouquet of poppies and handed them to businessmen where she worked, and she asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. In 1923, the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion family in memory of the soldiers who fought on the battlefields during World War I.

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary volunteers look forward to a successful “Poppy Days” program May 20-21, and greatly appreciate the community’s generous support and participation.

Leah Anderson, Cara Bartel
Elburn American Legion
Auxiliary #630