Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, is fast approaching. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 42 will be at many area stores with little red poppies taking donations to support Veterans and their families.
The poppy is more than red crepe paper, wire and a label. It has a long history and profound symbolism. During World War I, Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian physician, served in the Second Battle of Ypres. The story goes that he buried a fallen comrade at nearby Flanders Field where many poppies were in bloom among the graves. Lt. Col. McCrae was moved to write a poem called "In Flanders Fields," in which he described the colorful yet somber scene.
The poppy came to symbolize the sacrifice made by fallen heroes and to be called the "Flower of Remembrance." It was adopted by Great Britian, Canada and the Commonwealth and in October of 1921 the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its memorial flower.
The poppies are made by disabled veterans in memory of all who have given their lives for our freedom. All proceeds from donations go back to the veterans and their families. When we donate, we honor our fallen heroes and are given the opportunity to tell the story of this symbol to those who ask.
Everyone, especially our youth, need to be kept fully aware of what our armed forces who have served did and those currently serving are doing for our great nation and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.
When you see a member of the American Legion Auxiliary with poppies Saturday, Nov. 5, please think about donating and wearing a poppy with pride to honor all the brave military men and women.
May God Bless America,
American Legion Auxiliary