Poppy Days to be Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Bess Anderson, president of the Cambridge American Legion Auxiiliary No. 411, offers a puppy to Cambridge mayor James Crouch. Members of the auxiliary will be distribuing poppies Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, at businesses throughout Cambridge.

    Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary No. 417 will be distributing poppies Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at various businesses around town.

    Poppy donations are used to support veterans’ programs and disabled veterans in the hospitals. The poppies are made by hospitalized veterans, who receive a small reimbursement for their labor, and who benefit physically and mentally.

    After World War I, the bright red poppy began to grow on the graves of men buried in shell-torn ground immortalized by Lt. Col. John McRae with the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

    The poppy became the American Legion’s Memorial Flower at the 1921 convention in 1921. It is still a symbol of remembrance for all war veterans.

    With funds donated for poppies, the Cambridge Auxiliary has donated to the Aisle of Flags at Rosedale Cemetery and the Remembrance Bench and Tree at Veterans Park, both in Cambridge; to Honor Flight, which takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.; to Quincy Home for Veterans and 25 other veterans’ programs in Illinois; and to Heroes at Home in Texas.