Poppies May 17 to honor vets and their families | TheUnion.com

Poppies May 17 to honor vets and their families

Red poppies will be presented at the entrance to many local stores on May 17. Members of the American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130 will be offering them to members of the public to show appreciation for the Legion's annual programs, which serve our local veterans and their families. The poppies are made by disabled and hospitalized veterans — a tradition started after World War I when A YMCA volunteer was inspired to design the poppy you will see May 17. The volunteer saw how much toll the war had taken on our soldiers and the poppy was adopted by The American Legion Auxiliary as the National Symbol of Remembrance. One hundred percent of donations go toward local relief for our servicemen and women and their families. The famous poem, "Flanders Field," has been published in 1915 and is probably familiar to many.

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