Remember Veterans with ALA Poppy

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Honor our fallen warriors and contribute to the continuing needs of our veterans on May 20-21, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Fareway, when members of American Legion Auxiliary William F. Ball Unit #48 distribute bright red poppies for Memorial Day in exchange for a donation. The Flanders Field poppy has become an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain.

“Wear the poppy this Memorial Day weekend to honor and remember our fallen warriors who willingly served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Poppy Chairman Karen Lynch. “We must never forget.”

The poppy also honors hospitalized and disabled veterans, who handcraft many of the red, crepe paper flowers. Making the poppies provides a financial and therapeutic benefit to the veterans, as well as a benefit to thousands of other veterans and their families through the donations collected.

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.

Mayor Lynn Lathrop, a Vietnam veteran, gathered with a group of Auxiliary members to sign the Poppy Proclamation.

For more information, call Carol Thompson at 515-290-7805.