POPPIES: ‘Tis the season

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 28. We are asking you to remember and honor those members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives defending our country, our veterans who have honorably served and those currently serving in our military.

Since World War I, the red Poppy has been the symbol of remembrance on Memorial Day. The Poppy was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Field” to honor soldiers killed in battle. In 1920, the American Legion designated the red Poppy as its official flower of remembrance.

Local members of the American Legion will be distributing red Poppies in the weekends preceding Memorial Day and asking you to wear them to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn the uniform of our nation and put their lives on the line defending our Freedom. You can help by reminding family, friends and co-workers of what the red Poppy symbolizes. You can also help by donating to a local veterans service organization (American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War and Disabled American Veterans). Your donations will assist local veterans and those currently serving in our military.

Please also plan to attend one of the many wonderful local ceremonies and events that veterans organizations within our community hold to honor Memorial Day, and when you do, please wear a red Poppy to show that you remember and support those we have lost and those who have served or are currently serving.

Thank you,

BRYAN BLEDSOE

District 1 Adjutant

Idaho American Legion

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