The official flower of the American Legion is the poppy. This program is the oldest and most widely recognized Legion and Auxiliary program.
Each year around Memorial Day, Legion, Auxiliary and SAL (Sons of the American Legion) volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
This program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to the community. Hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient.
The physical and mental activity involved also provides therapeutic benefits. Donations are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families.
The poppy also reminds the community of past sacrifices and continuing needs of veterans. American Legion, Auxiliary and SAL members endeavor to explain the true meaning of this little flower to all those who receive it.
The poppy has become a nationally-known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn and used by members to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.
American Legion Post 81 & American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 members will be located at the Tractor Supply Store at 2750 Keith St., N.W. to distribute poppies in exchange for donations.