During the month of May, Auxiliary members of American Legion Unit 6 will wear red memorial poppies as a sign of their appreciation to honor past and current military personnel. They will be selling the hand-made poppies throughout the community.
Auxiliary members of American Legion Unit 6 understand the sacrifice the United States Armed Forces have made to preserve American freedom.
During a special ceremony at City Hall, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight proclaimed the month of May as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Month.
“It is vital for us to remember and honor the young women and men who gave their lives in battle,” said Mayor Goodnight. “These iconic red poppies are an outward symbol of our support.”
The American Legion Unit 6 asks that every American citizen wear a poppy for the observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
In the battlefields of Belgium during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. The overturned soils of battle covered the poppy seeds, which allowed the flowers to grow. The red poppies immediately came to symbolize the bloodshed of war. American veterans remembered the wild poppies lining the devastated battlefields of Belgium and France.
Revenue collected from poppy sales benefit hospitalized and disabled veterans, who also make each red flower by hand.
American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be selling poppies throughout May at the following locations:
Haynes Federal Credit Union
Both Kroger locations
Chrysler (ITP1, ITP2, KCP & KTP)
UAW 292 Retiree Meeting
UAW 685 Retiree Meeting