Facts about Poppy Day

Facts about Poppy Day Do you know ?

That in the spring of 1919, amidst complete devastation, the poppies bloomed in abundance on the battlefields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle, and that a replica of this poppy has become the memorial flower of the American Legion Auxiliary?

That the American Legion was the first national organization to adopt a poppy as its memorial flower, having taken this action at the National Convention in Cleveland, Sept. 27-29, 1920?

That the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its memorial flower at its organizing convention held in Kansas City, in October 1921?

That at the time the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy, it pledged 100 percent of the profits from the poppy sales distribution to welfare relief for servicemen and servicewomen and their families, thus fulfilling the true meaning of the poppy, an emblem of faith; faith which is being kept with all who died through service to the living?

That the American Legion Auxiliary, in order to protect the memorial poppy from the inroads of commercialism, adopted a national poppy program at the St. Paul Convention in 1924 which eliminated the commercial poppy?

That the memorial poppies are made of red crepe paper, by hand, by disabled veterans in hospitals and poppy workrooms in 40 states, and that the workers receive pay for each poppy made, the material being furnished free by the Department in the state in which the hospital is located?

The Wakonda American Legion Auxiliary Unit #13 is distributing poppies in local businesses during the month of May. Please support our troops by wearing a poppy.

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