GERMANTOWN — Jennings Willets American Legion 346 Auxiliary will be distributing memorial poppies to remind Americans that millions sacrificed their lives and health to keep our nation free.
During World War I, the poppy flourished on battlefields of Flanders Field among the shelled building and bomb scorched landscape, like the blood that was shed there its brilliant red bloom became a sign of hope and renewal. For those who would never leave, those who had given their lives, it is a perpetual memorial to their bravery.
The veterans who make the poppies are disabled and are paid for what they do. Some of the veterans are completely without income and depend upon this small amount to purchase various personal items.
There is never a price tag put on the value of the poppies that go to the public. No poppies are ever ‘sold’ but are always given away. Many choose to give a donation at this time. The funds raised are used for the benefit of the veterans every day.
It is our way of saying “we will not forget.”
Every spring the poppies return as if to show that freedom should never die. Poppies brighten the lives of veterans, bring smiles to those who wear them, bring funds for rehabilitation and bring joy to those who offer them.
Won’t you please try to give a donation to help the veterans. Wear your poppy with pride as you tell others you remember those who have served.
Joan Ostoyich, poppy chairman, will have containers at local businesses in the Germantown area at Valley Harvest, Palatine Park Pizza, Cue To Go, Dollar General and some members collecting donations.