Legion poppy sales begin Thursday

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TELL CITY – Red crepe-paper poppies will be available from American Legion Post 213 Thursday through Sunday, May 15 through 17 at Noble’s IGA and Cash Saver grocery stores in Tell City.

The poppies serve as reminders of the sacrifices made by thousands of veterans. The annual event is sponsored by members of American Legion Unit 213 in Tell City. Serving locally as the 2014 chairwoman for American Legion Poppy Days is Shelley Howland of Tell City.

Volunteers with the unit will take part in the nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives to the cause of freedom.

“It is a self-help program,” wrote Howland, “the auxiliary’s red poppies are handmade in poppy shops run by auxiliary volunteers. In these shops, disabled and hospitalized veterans make the flowers by hand. It is 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 contributions.

The 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 collected during Poppy Days are used by local units to aid veterans in need and their families, both in home communities and throughout the state.

All proceeds are channeled directly into rehabilitation and welfare work for children and youth.