American Legion Auxiliary Unit 215 will be selling poppies from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 25, at Farmers State Bank in Stroh and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 25, at Miller’s Super Valu in LaGrange.
Poppy Days have become a tradition in nearly every American community. The distribution of bright red memorial flowers to the public is one of the oldest and widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.
From the battlefields of World War I, soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked into the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on. The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain.
The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of war, its paper petals bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice deserve to be remembered.