Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014

Poppy Day to be held Friday

Poppy Day in Osmond will be observed on Friday, May 23. Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 326 will have poppies available in downtown Osmond and some businesses.

Chairman of this year’s Poppy Day, Lois Koehler, shares the following facts about the poppy program.

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“In Flanders Field” was written by Canadian Army physician John McCrae. It is one of the most memorable war poems ever written. The poem was written following the terrible battle in Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915. During WWI, the poppy flourished on the battlefields of Flanders Field among the shelled buildings and bomb-scarred landscape. Like the blood that was shed there, its brilliant red bloom became a sign of hope and renewal. It was because of “In Flanders Field” that Miss Moina Michael originated the Flanders Memorial Poppy, which has raised millions of dollars for veterans and their families. Miss Michael became known to millions of World War I veterans as the “Poppy Lady.”

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as the organization’s memorial flower and pledged its use to benefit servicemen and their families. Through the American Legion Auxiliary volunteers, millions of red crepe paper poppies are distributed in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The poppies provide disabled veterans with an income and rehabilitation activity, and remind Americans of the sacrifices of their veterans throughout the years. Donations received by Auxiliary volunteers for the poppies are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families.

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