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Today, the American Legion Auxiliary will offer the public a symbol of service men and women’s sacrifice.
The red crepe poppy is a reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands called to war. Distributing the crepe poppies is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit 90 in Los Alamos. Volunteers from the unit will come again to take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
Funds collected on Poppy Day are used to assist needy veterans and their families.
It is a self-help program, for the Auxiliary’s familiar red paper poppy is handmade in Poppy Shops run by Auxiliary volunteers.
In these shops, the disabled and hospitalized veterans make the flowers by hand, petal by petal.
It is part of a physical and psychological therapy program by veterans for veterans. These poppies are purchased from the shop by the Auxiliary and offered to the public not at a price but a contribution.
This American Legion Auxiliary adopted the memorial flower in 1920 and since that time, programs have been conducted throughout the United States each year. Contributions made on Poppy Day are used by the local unit to aid needy veterans and their families in the community and in hospitals throughout the state.
All proceeds are channeled directly into rehabilitation and welfare work for children and youth. Auxiliary members from Los Alamos are asking the public to pause for a moment, pin on a poppy and wear it with pride to remember the civilians who took an oath to serve their county and who gave their life so that America would survive. The poppies are available at various businesses throughout town.