Amer­i­can Le­gion Poppy Cam­paign un­der­way

Ver­non: Poppy Cam­paign un­der­way for Na­tional Poppy Day

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page -

The an­nual sale of pop­pies helps sup­port vet­er­ans pro­grams, in­clud­ing War­riors As­sis­tance Pro­gram.

The an­nual Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary May Poppy Cam­paign is cur­rently un­der­way at Amer­i­can Le­gion posts through­out the na­tion and this year “Na­tional Poppy Day” will be ob­served in the United States on Fri­day, May 25.

Amer­i­cans are en­cour­aged to make do­na­tions to the Amer­i­can Le­gion by choos­ing to dis­play a poppy in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Memo­rial Day.

“Poppy Days have been cel­e­brated for many years in other coun­tries around the world to re­mem­ber those who have lost their lives in bat­tle, as well as in sup­port of vet­er­ans and in recog­ni­tion for ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary mem­bers and their fam­i­lies,” said Barb Becker, poppy chair­man for the Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary of the William Rus­sell Post 404 in Ver­non. “In 2017, the U.S. Congress de­clared that the Fri­day be­fore Memo­rial Day will be our coun­try’s Na­tional Poppy Day. I hope that ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pat­ing in Memo­rial Day fes­tiv­i­ties this year will show their sup­port for vet­er­ans and those cur­rently serv­ing in our na­tion’s Armed Forces by wear­ing a poppy.”

The Post 404 Aux­il­iary has placed poppy do­na­tion can­is­ters at sev­eral busi­nesses in the Ver­non area and will also be of­fer­ing pop­pies at the Ver­non Cen­ter and Ver­non Memo­rial Day pa­rades on Mon­day, May 28. The Ver­non Cen­ter pa­rade be­gins at the Ver­non Cen­ter Vol­un­teer

Fire Depart­ment at 9 a.m.; the Ver­non pa­rade be­gins at Post 404 on Route 5 in Ver­non at 11 a.m.

“Each year do­na­tions raised through the an­nual May Poppy Cam­paign bene- fi­tanum­ber of vet­er­ans pro­grams in­clud­ing the War­riors As­sis­tance Pro­gram and the Chil­dren and Youth of Vet­er­ans Pro­gram,” ex­plained Mon­ica Strife, Post 404 Aux­il­iary Pres­i­dent. “In honor and me­mory of all of our vet­er­ans, past and present, the Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary asks that all cit­i­zens ‘Honor the Dead, Aid the Liv­ing.’ Wear a pa­per poppy ev­ery Memo­rial Day.”

The small, red pa­per f low­ers, made by vet­er­ans, are sym­bolic of many things:

•The four petals rep­re­sent Ded­i­ca­tion, Sac­ri­fice, Re­spon­si­bil­ity, Com­pas­sion.

•The red petals stand for the vast out­pour­ing of blood.

•The black and green cen­ter rep­re­sents the mud and des­o­la­tion of bat­tle­fields.

•The green stem and fo­liage is sym­bolic of forests, mead­ows and fields where gen­er­a­tions of Amer­i­cans have per­ished to make this land free.

•The stem rep­re­sents the courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion of our fallen war­riors.

•The as­sem­bled poppy is a flower, a sym­bol of res­ur­rec­tion, which is sure to fol­low.

The Wil­liamRus­sell Post 404was founded in 1920 in the name of World War I vet­eran, William Rus­sell, an area na­tive. Mem­bers in­clude vet­er­ans of theArmed Forces, sons of vet­er­ans and aux­il­iary mem­bers. All units sup­port nu­mer­ous vet­er­ans’ and civic pro­grams in Cen­tral New York.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary William Rus­sell Post 404Poppy Chair Barb Becker stands with Kylie Young, 7, who at­tends the sec­ond grade in the West­more­land school district, hold­ing her Poppy Poster and sport­ing her Poppy Hat to kick off this year’s Poppy Cam­paign.

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