Poppy serves as symbol of hope

Published 10:27 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Dear Editor,

With Memorial Day on the horizon, American Legion Post 20 reminds the public that Congress has designated May 26, 2017, as National Poppy Day. The American Legion encourages all patriotic Americans to wear or display a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope.

The American Legion is pleased to have brought National Poppy Day to the United States. Wearing a poppy the Friday before Memorial Day is done to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and as a symbol of hope for the generations to come who will answer our nation’s call to military service. It is important for Americans to remember that we have an entirely new group of veterans, and supporting them and their families is absolutely essential.

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The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to still fight for our country following World War I. It was popularized by the publication of wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lt. Col John McCrae, M.D., while serving on the front lines of World War I, to honor soldiers killed in battle. In 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion Family.

Each year, members of The American Legion Family, led by the American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation. All donations received on National Poppy Day will be used by the American Legion to support the future of local veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs. This year Boeing Company became the first national Poppy Day sponsor.

Members of American Legion Post 20 will be out and about in Selma this weekend with a supply of poppies. Your donation in support of America’s veterans will be greatly appreciated.

For God and Country,

Charlie Friday
Thomas R. Mackin Post 20