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American Legion sets dates for poppy sales

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TELL CITY – Red crepe-paper poppies will be offered for distribution by the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 213 Thursday through Saturday at three Tell City lo-cations, Noble’s IGA, Wal-Mart and Cash Saver.
The poppies are a reminder of the sacrifices of thousands of service members in all wars. Their sale is an annual event sponsored by members of Tell City’s American Le-gion Post 213.
Serving locally as the 2011 chairwoman for American Legion Poppy Days is Shelley Howland of Tell City.
Volunteers for the unit will take part in the nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
Funds collected on Poppy Days are used to assist veterans and their families.
It is a self-help program, for the auxiliary’s red poppy is handmade in poppy shops run by auxiliary volunteers. In these shops, disabled and hospitalized veterans make the flowers by hand.
It is a part of a physical and psychological therapy program by veterans for veterans.
The poppies are purchased from the shop by the auxiliary and offered to the public for a contribution.
The memorial flower was adopted by the American Legion Auxiliary in the 1920s and since that time, programs have been conducted throughout the United States each year.
Contributions made on Poppy Days are used by local units to aid needy veterans and their families in the community and in hospitals throughout the state.