Annual poppy sales will promote remembrance

Central poppy posters
Poppy poster contest winners from Central Middle School include sixth-graders Gillian Berthiaume (third), Callie Jo Crosby (second), Gwen Stacy (first) and Jessica Simons (grand champion). (NYA Times staff photo by Adam Gruenewald)

The poppy has become traditional as the Memorial Day flower and as the symbol of remembrance for the men who have lost their lives or their health in the defense of their country. Its significance has spread throughout the world and a sale of artificial poppies is conducted throughout the world.

Every step in the production and sale of the buddy poppy serves a useful purpose. The poppies are assembled by needy and disabled veterans who are paid for their work; the income to the State and National organizations helps provide needed services; the income to the Post and Auxiliary is used entirely to aid needy veterans; and the wearing of the poppy on Memorial Day symbolizes the nation’s grief for its departed heroes.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion is especially proud that its poppy sales are conducted strictly and entirely by volunteers. No poppy sellers are paid for their work. Their recompense comes from a sense of pride in helping the less fortunate.

In addition to their sales, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts and American Legion and Auxiliaries use poppies for other purposes.

They are made into wreaths to decorate the graves of deceased members; they are used in floats in parades; and they are made into corsages, table decorations and window displays. Each poppy that is used does its job in reminding people of the sacrifices of the few and the obligations of the many.

The memorial poppy is never sold, but given in exchange for contributions. All proceeds from the distribution of the poppy event are invested in local programs for the benefit of veterans and their families.

The American Legion and VFW will have Poppy Day sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Klein Bank in Hamburg, Econo Foods in NYA and Citizens State Bank in NYA.