ELBURN – The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary members and friends will be distributing memorial poppies on May 18 and 19 on Elburn-area streets and at local businesses, a news release stated.
Wearing a poppy means support for veterans and important veteran programs, such as Fisher House and USO centers. Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 630 also provides support to veteran residents at the Elgin Mental Health Center and at the DuPage County Care Center, the release stated.
As people celebrate Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November, many Americans often wear poppies to honor military service members.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe and quickly became a symbol of the sacrifices made by Americans and allied service members around the world. Soldiers who returned home from WWI brought back the flower in memory of the barren landscapes transformed by the sudden growth of wild red poppies among the newly dug graves of the fallen, the release stated.
National Poppy Day broadens a tradition that dates to the American Legion Auxiliary’s first national convention in the 1920s when the red poppy was adopted as the American Legion Family’s memorial flower. Today, it remains an iconic symbol of honor for the sacrifice of our veterans.
Donations for poppies are placed in a restricted fund, and the money collected can only be used for disabled and hospitalized veterans and their families.