On Saturday, May 21 the Cherokee American Legion and Auxiliary members will be around Cherokee taking donations for poppies.
Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921.
Near Memorial Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies, all handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation, are distributed to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.
The financial benefit realized by our nation's veterans as a result of poppy distribution is huge. Nearly 3.5 million poppies were distributed by units last yea, raising $2.1 million.
Locally the Auxiliary was able to help a family going through a loss of a loved young veteran as well as help with another family with hail damage and no insurance.
The Auxiliary also has helped throughout the year with medical expenses for some families. The Cherokee Auxiliary is proud to be meeting the continuing needs of our veterans and should be the concern of every Americans who values their freedom. The Auxiliary promotes the poppy as a symbol of the sacrifices our military have made, a symbol to open people's hearts and inspired them to donate.
If you have any questions pleas contact Cherokee Treptow President Claudia Brown at 225-3449.