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Column: Support Veterans; donate to Poppy days

In 1918 Miss Moina Michael on impulse bought a boquet of poppies at New York's Wanamaker's Department Store. At the YMCA business meeting where she worked, she asked everyone to wear the poppy as a tribute to all our veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country. Later she led campaign that resulted in this little red poppy being adopted as national symbol of military sacrifice.

It was soldiers serving in the battlefields of World War I who brought back memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood soaking the earth. It was a miracle of nature that the spirit of their lost buddies lived on. Over the years the little red poppy became a symbol of sacrifice, of lives lost and hopes that none had died in vain.

Every year during the month of May both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Auxiliary solicit donations in front of business, at their clubs, by mail during Memorial Day Ceremonies or in person.

It's a familiar tradition in most American cities, a reminder that the little red poppies continue to bloom for casualities of all wars and that these men and women who served will never be forgotten.

This little red flower is made and bound by veterans in hospitals and nursing home. All donations collected during the month of May are used for the veteran and programs during the year. It's the endless efforts of volunteer hours that makes this program possible.

Support the men and women who, when they signed to serve, up gave a blank check to our country. For too many the check was filled "paid in full".

They paid the supreme price of freedoms we enjoy today. God bless our men and women in uniform.