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Poppy Days coming up May 24-25

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013




AMBOY – The American Legion Auxiliary, with the help of the American Legion and community volunteers, will be distributing red crepe poppies over the Memorial Day weekend. The poppies are made by disabled veterans who are then paid a small wage for their labor. The donations given for the poppies are used to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our community. The volunteers will be located at various businesses in this area on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25.

In 1918, Ms. Moina Michael bought a bouquet of poppies and handed them to businessmen where she worked. She asked her co-workers to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen soldiers. Since that time the poppy has been considered a memorial flower to the war dead. The poppy became the official flower of The American Legion Family in memory of the soldiers who fought on the battlefields during World War I. The poppy was the flower memorialized in the famous wartime poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lt. Col.. John McCrae, M.D.



In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.



We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.



Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.



The poppy has become a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn by Americans to honor those who served and died for our country.












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