“And now the Torch and Poppy red

We wear in honor of our dead.

Fear not that ye have died for naught;

We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought

In Flanders Fields.”

- We Shall Keep Faith,

Moina Michael

In November of 1918, Moina Michael, “The Poppy Lady” from Georgia, was the first person to distribute poppies to businessmen and ask them to wear the poppy in tribute to those who died in battle. In the early 1920s, the American Legion and Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its memorial flower, and mandated that contributions received from the distribution of the poppies be used for the sole purpose of aiding veterans and their families.

During the trying time of war and through evil acts of terrorism, it has become more apparent that we need to show our gratitude and thank those men and women in uniform, and including those who have paid the ultimate price so that we could remain living in this free country under God. There is not a better way to say THANK YOU than to wear a poppy as a reminder that we will “always remember.”

The American Legion Auxiliary will be distributing poppies on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at Fareway in Nevada. If anyone is not able to get a poppy this weekend, please stop by the American Legion on Sixth Street — Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays, 4-8 p.m.