American Legion members take part in the dedication of the Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day in Hortonville.
The term idle hands doesn't apply to the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 263 of New London.
Since early this month, the group has been gearing up for its annual "poppy push," which will culminate with poppy distribution days on May 24 and 25.
According to the American Legion Auxiliary website, the red poppies signify the sacrifice of service made by U.S. veterans and are taken from a line in the poem "In Flanders Fields" written on the battlefront during World War I. The Poppy Program, established in 1921, raises community awareness and respect for veterans. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies - handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation - are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
Local auxiliary members not only help create the poppies, but visit businesses that might want to contribute. For any donation, they have been offering posters, created by New London High School students, for businesses to use as a visual notice of their support.
On May 24 and 25, American Legion Post 263 veterans and auxiliary members will distribute the poppies at Kwik Trip North and South, Piggly Wiggly, Walmart and Festival Foods in New London so citizens can wear them as a sign of remembrance throughout Memorial Day weekend.
So wherever, you are, look for the men and women who do their part to remember those who have served our country. And for some spare change, you can do your part as well.
It's a simple, but effective program. Nearly 3.5 million poppies were distributed by units across the country last year, raising $2.1 million.
It's amazing how a small, delicate flower can have such a reverberating effect.
- Post-Crescent West Editor Rachel Rausch: 920-729-6622, ext. 29, or firstname.lastname@example.org