The Herald Bulletin

September 17, 2013

Viewpoint: Red poppy is reminder of World War I sacrifice

By Emilie Isenhour Anderson resident
The Herald Bulletin

---- — Recently, the ladies of the American Legion Post Auxiliary 127 commemorated Poppy Month. The red poppy has been a reminder of duty and sacrifice since World War I when in the spring after the bloody battle at Flanders the poppies bloomed, the doughboys took the bright red poppies as a sign of hope and renewal for those who walked away and for those who would never leave. It was a perpetual memorial to their bravery and sacrifice.

These many years later we still honor “the men who gave all” and “the all who gave some.” The ladies of the Auxiliary each spring buy poppies made by the veterans at the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette. Then they promote the poppy by asking for donations from the public by way of its Poppy Club letters, standing outside Wal-Mart and asking fiends, families and neighbors to wear a poppy, an easy way to say thanks to veterans and that you care about them and thank them. All the money received stays in Indiana, and the money is used only for veterans and servicemen. The veterans are helped at the Veterans Administration Home in Lafayette, the V.A. Hospital in Marion, Hoosier servicemen overseas and the servicemen’s families. They sponsor five veterans at the Indiana Veterans Home.

We wish to thank all those who took the time to return their Poppy Club letter back and a thank-you to all those who stopped and gave so freely at Wal-Mart, courthouse and everywhere you were asked to give. I personally want to thank the ladies of the Auxiliary who gave up their time to stand all day to help the veterans. A big thanks to The Herald Bulletin for helping us to send our message to the public. We so wish to give Wal-Mart a heartfelt thank-you for their help to us in promoting the poppy.

A big thanks to the people of Anderson for all their donations. We couldn’t help the veterans without your help. Wearing a poppy is such an easy way to show you care.

Patriotism can be shown by wearing or flying or our flag. True patriotism is supporting those who have and are defending our country and freedom.

Thank you, Anderson!

Emilie Isenhour is chairwoman of the American Legion Post 127 Auxiliary’s Poppy Month campaign.