CRYSTAL FALLS—American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar red handcrafted poppies honoring America’s war dead on May 15 and 16 in Crystal Falls.
This annual event pays tribute to those veterans who have died in the last 95-plus years. It also honors the millions of Americans who have willingly served their country over 80 decades.
It serves as well the veterans, as all proceeds from the distribution are invested in local programs for the benefit of the veteran and their families and current service men and women.
Each nine-piece poppy is made by veterans for veterans in Auxiliary-sponsored poppy shops that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans.
The Auxiliary provides the materials and the volunteers. The veteran makes the poppy and is paid a small amount for each painstakingly-made flower. For some it is their only income.
No matter what the cost of maintaining and supplying the poppy shops, the memorial poppy is never sold but given in exchange for a contribution.
The poppy program has been an integral part of the American Legion Auxiliary for 99 years. It has been estimated that approximately 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America’s war dead and all veterans; contributing over $2 million for rehabilitation and welfare each year.