The red poppy symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice made by our nation's veterans.
INDIANAPOLIS, May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- With Memorial Day on the horizon, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) encourages communities across the country to participate in National Poppy Day on May 27, 2022. ALA is asking all patriotic Americans to wear or display a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living veterans who have served in the U.S. military.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to lime deposits left from the rubble of war. From the dirt and mud, the red poppy grew. It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines. In 1920, the red poppy was adopted by the American Legion Auxiliary as the official memorial flower.
"National Poppy Day is a time for Americans to come together and show their support for our service members and veterans by wearing a red poppy ? an unforgettable and historic symbol of remembrance, sacrifice and hope," said Kathy Daudistel, ALA national president. "The American Legion Auxiliary is proud to make and distribute poppies each year for this solemn tradition. I invite communities across the country to join the American Legion Auxiliary to honor the fallen and support the living by wearing a red poppy on Friday, May 27."
For more information about National Poppy Day or to purchase poppy-themed items, please go to poppydayusa.org.
About the American Legion Auxiliary
The American Legion Auxiliary is a community of volunteers serving veterans, the military and their families. Our members also support the mission of The American Legion in improving the quality of life for our nation's veterans. Proud sponsor of ALA Girls Nation, National Poppy Day and recognized for advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, the more than 600,000 ALA members across the country volunteer millions of hours annually and raise millions of dollars in service to veterans, military and their families. Founded in 1919, the ALA is one of the oldest patriotic membership organizations in the U.S.A.
Nan Tolson, 1st Degree on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, (214) 477-8279, [email protected]
SOURCE American Legion Auxiliary