Auxiliary Poppy Symbolizes Nation’s Sacrifice

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WOODBRIDGE—Members of the American Legion Unit 87 Auxiliary in Woodbridge understand the sacrifice our Armed Forces have made to preserve freedom. To honor past and current American service members, these members will wear a red memorial poppy as a sign of their appreciation on Memorial Day weekend.

The American Legion Auxiliary memorial poppy is a symbol of the price of war and the sacrifice of millions.

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The 900,000 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest patriotic service organization of women, are asking every American citizen to wear a poppy on the observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, in addition to the entire preceding weekend.

“Wear it in honor of the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, all too many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Pat Dunn, unit president.

“This entire Memorial Day weekend will pay an honored to tribute to all veterans, especially those who are currently serving in the War on Terror,” she added.

The poppy also honors the hospitalized and disabled veterans who make the red, handcrafted flowers. The poppy continues to provide a financial and therapeutic benefit to those veterans who construct them, as well as benefiting thousands of other veterans and their families by the revenues collected from poppy distributions.

In the battlefields of Belgium during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, allowing them to grow and forever serve as a reminder of the bloodshed of war.

Join the American Legion Auxiliary in recognizing the sacrifice of our veterans by making a donation to the local poppy fund and by wearing a red memorial poppy this Memorial Day weekend.

The Auxiliary will be out and about in the community. Visit their table at the Woodbridge Street Fair and Craft Show on Saturday, May 15, or drive by the intersection of Main Street at Amboy Avenue on Sunday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m. to get your poppy and support our veterans.

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