Poppy field

The American Legion Auxiliary recently announced that Congress is poised to proclaim the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.

Creighton’s auxiliary members will distribute the familiar veteran-made, handcrafted red memorial poppies and poppy posters honoring America’s war dead on Friday, May 24.

Planned to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday, the annual event pays tribute to veterans who have died in the last 80 years. It also honors the millions of Americans who have willingly served their country in eight decades.

It serves and honors veterans with all proceeds from the distribution invested in local programs for the benefit of veterans and their families.

The poppy program has been part of auxiliary programming for more than 70 years  Approximately 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America’s war dead and veterans.

Auxiliary members ask the community to remember America’s war casualties and honor every American who has died for the American ideals of freedom, justice and equality.

“It is a small symbol of a great sacrifice,” said Marlene Meyer, Creighton auxiliary member. “We ask you to show your respect by wearing a poppy and accepting a poster for your business.”