May 28: American Legion To Hold Poppy Drive For Veterans

May 28: American Legion To Hold Poppy Drive For Veterans

May 28: American Legion To Hold Poppy Drive For Veterans

GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45 Greenbrier will be hosting their annual drive-through Poppy distribution on National Poppy day, Friday, May 28, 2021, 8 am- 1 pm at the Greenbrier American Legion Post.

Where: American Legion Post 45 Parking Lot – 2730 US 41 Greenbrier, TN 37073 MAP

When: 8:00 am- 1:00 pm

Bring the family to learn the history of how the poppy became the symbol of remembrance for veterans. This will be an interactive non-contact drive-through or if the weather is nice, feel free to park and walkthrough.

New this year, have your picture taken in a cut-out poppy!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kathi Carney
President, Unit 45
American Legion Auxiliary Greenbrier

The Poppy Story

Photo: American legion Poppy History

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

Led by the American Legion Auxiliary, each year members of The American Legion Family distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.

Poppy Day is celebrated in countries around the world. The American Legion brought National Poppy Day® to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day, as National Poppy Day.

On May 22, wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.


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