Each year, local wives, daughters, mothers, sisters and nieces of U.S. veterans sell handmade flower poppies to raise money for the local auxiliary organization.
Hospitalized or disabled veterans make each poppy and earn a small wage for creating the flowers. In exchange, auxiliary groups make a donation to area VA Hospitals or veterans groups.
It’s a win-win scenario. The physical and mental activity provides many therapeutic benefits to the vets and the local group raises money for a cause near and dear to their hearts.
The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars. The poppy movement was inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian forces in 1915 before the United States entered World War I.
The Poppy Sale Program began in 1918.