Poppy Day May 6th

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The Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary Post 59 will host “Poppy Day” on Saturday May 6th. Anyone interested in helping share poppies with the public can come to the Legion Post at 8:30am. The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a “Poppy Day Bake Sale” at Tandy’s IGA from 9-12 on May 6th. Come by for some bake sale goodies and get your poppy too! Donations for the bake sale can be dropped at the American Legion Post beginning Friday, May 5th or at Tandy’s the morning of the bake sale.

Monetary donations that are received for poppies are used to aid veterans and their families. This tradition dates back to WW1. Please take time to read the story of the Poppy as presented on the American Legion Auxiliary website.

From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.

The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war, and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.

Poppy Day has become a familiar tradition in almost every American community. This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.

This poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual. Miss Moina Michael on impulse bought a bouquet of poppies-all that New York City’s Wanamakers’s Department store had-and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. That was November 1918. World War I was over, but America’s sons would rest forever “in Flanders’ Fields”. Later, she would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice.

The Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 focuses on supporting war veterans, families of war veterans, and participates in many community programs. All branches of the post support local students through various educational initiatives and scholarships. For further information contact Jillian Gregory at (812)584-0085 or Rae Gipson (812)290-3344.