"National Poppy Day® is a time to honor every member of the Armed Forces who died in the name of liberty, freedom and democracy," said Denise Rohan, national commander of The American Legion. "Wearing this symbolic red flower shows your support of veterans for generations to come."
After World War I the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to lime deposits left from the rubble of war. From the dirt and mud, the red poppy grew. It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front line. In 1920, the red poppy was adopted by The American Legion Family as the official memorial flower.
"Each year, members of The American Legion Family, led by the American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request for a donation," said Diane Duscheck, national president of The American Legion Auxiliary. "All donations received are then used by The American Legion Family to support the future of local veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs."