Poppy sales benefit veterans

Staff reports

    Cambridge poppy sales  honoring veterans are conducted by the Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary #417.

    Proceeds will support veterans programs, including the 25-building Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy that opened in 1885 (currently with 600 residents), Gifts to Yanks and other Illinois programs.

    Disabled veterans assemble the poppy, which the auxiliary buys for distribution on poppy days.

    “Please remember our veterans by wearing your poppy,” said Bess Anderson.

    She noted the background of the poppy during World War II, when many were buried at Flanders Field. After time passed, the dormant poppy seed grew and bloomed a bright red, becoming a symbol for soldiers who gave their lives. The poppy now represents all fallen soldiers.

    “The poppy is about the men and women who have served and are serving our country,” said Anderson.

    Poppy wreaths will be hung at the courthouse lawn following the Memorial Day program  at the Cambridge  Community Hall which starts at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26.