Return home

Poppy Campaign under way for Memorial Day

Posted 5/24/22

The annual American Legion Auxiliary May Poppy Campaign is currently under way at American Legion posts throughout the nation and this year “National Poppy Day” will be observed in the …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Poppy Campaign under way for Memorial Day

Posted

VERNON — The annual American Legion Auxiliary May Poppy Campaign is currently under way at American Legion posts throughout the nation and this year “National Poppy Day” will be observed in the United States on Friday, May 27.

Americans are encouraged to make donations to the American Legion Auxiliary by choosing to proudly display a poppy in commemoration of Memorial Day each year.

According to Barb Becker, poppy chairman for the American Legion Auxiliary of the William Russell Post 404 in Vernon, “In 2017, the U.S. Congress declared that the Friday before Memorial Day will be our country’s National Poppy Day and this year we will celebrate on May 27. National Poppy Day is a strong renewal of our nation’s commitment to a powerful reminder of the cost of our freedom. I hope that everyone participating in Memorial Day festivities this year will show their support for veterans and those currently serving in our nation’s Armed Forces by wearing a poppy.”

“Each year donations raised through the annual May Poppy Campaign benefit a number of veterans programs including the Warriors Assistance Program and the Children and Youth of Veterans Program,” said Monica Strife, Post 404 Auxiliary president.

“In honor and memory of all of our veterans, past and present, the American Legion Auxiliary asks that all citizens ‘Honor the fallen and support the living’. We hope everyone will wear a red paper poppy on Memorial Day.”

For the first time since May 2019, Post 404 Legionnaires, Sons of Legionnaires and Auxiliary members will lead the Vernon Center and Vernon Memorial Day parades on Monday, May 30.

The Vernon Center parade will form at 9 a.m. in front of the Vernon Center Volunteer Fire Department and will end at the Vernon Center Cemetery on College Hill Road where ceremonies will be held.

The Vernon parade will begin with an opening ceremony in front of the American Legion Post on Route 5 at 11 a.m. and will proceed to the Vernon
Village Cemetery on Cooper Street where ceremonies will be held. Sarah Clark will serve as the distinguished Blue Mother this year.

Comments

No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here