National Poppy Day may still be a new day of recognition to the public but the symbolism goes back decades.
From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their comrades lived on. The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain.
The American Legion Family has had a connection to the poppy since the early 1920’s when it was adopted as our official memorial flower to pay homage to the battlefields of WWII. Since then, The American Legion Family-led by the American Legion Auxiliary -has supported the military community by promoting the significance of the flower and the meaning behind it distributing hand-made poppies by disabled veterans in observance of both Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
The American Legion Family in 2017 brought the National Poppy Day to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as “National Poppy Day” which is May 24th this year.
National Poppy Day is a strong renewal of our nation’s commitment to a powerful reminder of the cost of our freedom. The poppies we distribute are made by disabled veterans.
The Key Biscayne American Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of Legion, will distribute poppies at Winn Dixie on National Poppy Day Friday May 24th and also Saturday May 25th from 10am to 6pm.
We encourage our Key Biscayne community to attend our Memorial Day Service on May 27th at the Village Green by the monument honoring all military branches. There will be a color guard, speakers, and patriotic music starting at 9am. Ample tented seating and water bottles will be available for the comfort of attendees.
Barbara Dawn Cromartie, President, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 374, Key Biscayne