Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies—all handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation—are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.
The Poppy Program raises community awareness and respect for our veterans by educating Auxiliary members and the public about the symbol of the poppy, taken from a line in the poem “In Flanders Fields” written on the battlefront during World War I by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D.
WAYS UNIT 181 HELPS WITH THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY POPPY PROGRAM
- Unit 181 along with Post 181 distributes Poppies to our local community on Memorial Day and Veterans Day
- We use Poppies at special events
- Distribute In Flanders Field poem
COME JOIN US AND HELP ASSIST OUR VETERANS!! NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME