American Legion Auxiliary to distribute poppies May 15-21 for veterans' causes

The American Legion Auxiliary District 12, Unit 83, said poppies will be distributed at Raley’s and Save Mart on G Street May 15-21 in honor of “the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, all too many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

From the battlefields of World War I, soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil, the Legion Auxiliary said in a news release. The red crepe-paper poppy was officially adopted in 1921 as the memorial flower of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. The poppy has become a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war, and represented the hope that none had died in vain.

The poppies are made by hospitalized and disabled veterans, which provide them with a financial and therapeutic benefit, according to the news release.

Donations received by the American Legion Auxiliary for the poppies are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families. The American Legion Auxiliary Is the world's largest patriotic women's service organization with more nine million members, and its mission is to serve veterans, their families and their communities, the news release said.

In 2010, 5 million Poppies were made by disabled and hospitalized veterans nationwide, with over $2 million in contributions that were given to various veteran organizations.

The local Legion auxiliary asked people to wear a poppy on Memorial Day, May 30, in honor of America’s veterans.