Members of the American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing memorial poppies on Friday, Nov. 6th and Saturday, Nov. 7th, in observance of Veterans Day. Poppies will also be available at area businesses and at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11th.
According to Unit Poppy Chairman, Mrs. Leta Durst, the tradition of using the red poppy as the memorial flower for American war dead began in the years following World War I. Veterans returning to their homes here in America remembered the wild red poppies that grew on the devastated battlefields of France and at Flanders Field. The soldiers of all nations came to look upon this flower as a living symbol of their dead comrades’ sacrifices.
The memorial poppies distributed each year by veterans’ organizations are made by hospitalized and disabled veterans at the Temple VA Hospital. The donations that the Auxiliary receives for the poppies are used to provide support for veterans and their families in Mason plus for services for hospitalized and disabled veterans.
Wear a red poppy proudly to honor every veteran who has fought or died in the Armed Forces of the United State of America. For more information on the activities of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, please contact Gail Coldiron, 347-9016.