Remember fallen, make Poppy Day donation
As the family members of military veterans, we hold a special place in our hearts for the parents, siblings, spouses and friends of those who served. We cannot help but think of all the men and women who fought for this great nation and did not return.
While we are all guilty of celebrating the unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to “have a good weekend,” it is important to remember the reason for the holiday. Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends while defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, and those of the families, and to recognize their service.
On National Poppy Day, May 24, American Legion Auxiliary members across the country will be distributing poppies honoring our fallen warriors. The Department of Connecticut invites residents to stop by and see us and receive a poppy to wear in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. The poppy bloomed on the battlefields of France after World War I. It has grown to become internationally known a recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. If you choose to donate to the poppy cans, all donations go directly to help veterans, the military and their families in Connecticut.
Department of Connecticut, public relations chair
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