AL Auxiliary poppy symbolizes nation’s sacrifice

Neil Macdonald

Members of American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 understand the sacrifice members of our Armed Forces have made to preserve the freedom enjoyed by all Americans. To honor our fallen heroes, auxiliary members will wear a red remembrance poppy as a sign of their appreciation on Memorial Day weekend.

The American Legion Auxiliary remembrance poppy is a symbol of the price of war and the sacrifice of so many. The 800,000 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest patriotic service organization of women, are asking every American citizen to wear a poppy in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015.

“Wear it in honor of those Americans who willingly served our nation in times of war and conflict and made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mary Couture, President of Oro Valley Unit 132.

“In addition to honoring our fallen heroes, members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be paying special tribute to those currently serving in, or recently returned from, the Middle East,” she added.

The poppy also honors the hospitalized and disabled veterans who make the red handcrafted flowers. The poppy continues to provide a financial and therapeutic benefit to those veterans who construct them, as well as benefiting thousands of other veterans and their families by the donations collected from poppy distributions.

In the battlefields of Belgium during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, allowing them to grow and forever serve as a reminder of the bloodshed of war.

Join American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 in recognizing the sacrifice of our veterans by making a donation to the Unit’s poppy fund and by wearing a red remembrance poppy this Memorial Day weekend. The Unit will distribute poppies on May 9, 2015, at the Oro Valley Farmers Market, Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N Oracle Road in Oro Valley; May 22, 23 and 24 at Fry’s Food Store, 10661 N. Oracle Road and May 22 and 23 at Wal-Mart in Oro Valley Market Place.

For additional information, you may contact the Unit at [email protected], or PO Box 69246, Oro Valley, Arizona 85737 or Ms. Onita Davis at 520-229-1064.