Legion poppy sales begin Thursday

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - The red crepe-paper poppy will be offered for distribution by American Legion Auxiliary Post 213 Thursday through Saturday at Noble's IGA, Wal-Mart and Cash Saver.

The poppy is a reminder of the sacrifices of thousands in all wars and is an annual event sponsored by members of Tell City American Legion Post 213. Serving locally as the 2009 chairman for American Legion Poppy Day 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 Day are used to assist the veterans and their family.

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 part of the physical and psychological therapy program by veterans for veterans. These poppies are purchased from the shop by the auxiliary and offered to the public for a contribution.

This memorial flower was adopted by the American Legion Auxiliary in the 1920s and since that time, programs have been conducted throughout the U.S. 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. All proceeds are channeled directly into rehabilitation and welfare work for children and youth.