2018 05 24 National Poppy Day, Memorial Day
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National Poppy Day, Memorial Day, Remember Them.

In this issue:


National Poppy Day Message from Legion National Commander Denise Rohan (WI)

"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."


Fireside Chat with S.A.L. National Commander Danny Smith

National Commander Danny Smith has a fireside chat about the Poppy.
(click on the picture below to play the video)


Memorial Day – Lest We Forget

Please be sure to take a few minutes out of your life to honor those who gave their live - for you.  A quote seen on many memorial gave sites is:

"When you go home, tell them of us and say:  For your tomorrow, we gave our today"


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