Poppy Days coming this week in Niles

Published 1:25 am Monday, May 16, 2005

By Staff
NILES - American Legion and American Legion Auciliary of La Rue messenger Post, Unit 26 volunteers will distribute the familiar red handcrafted flowers honoring America's war dead on May 19, 20 and 21 - designated as "Poppy Days."
Poppies honor millions of Americans who have willingly served their country in seven decades.
Poppies serve as well as honor veterans. All proceeds from the distribution are invested in local programs for the benefit of the veteran and his/her family.
Each nine-piece poppy is made by veterans for veterans in "Poppy Shops" that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans. The Legion provides materials and volunteers.
Veterans who make poppies are paid a small amount for each painstakingly-made flower. For some, it is their only income.
No matter what the cost of maintaining and supplying the Poppy Shops, memorial poppies are never sold, but given in exchange for a contribution.
It has been estimated that approximately 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America's war dead and all veterans, contributing nearly $2 million for rehabilitation and welfare programs.