The Poppy was first chosen as The American Legion’s memorial flower at the 1921 National Convention and was worn in memory of the men who lost their lives in World War I. A double significance was attached to our memorial poppy. Disabled veterans quickly learned to assemble poppies while growing well again. In Illinois, The American Legion and Auxiliary are united in our efforts to help those hospitalized veterans within our state. Through the winter months, cut materials are delivered to these veterans and soon boxes of bright red poppies are ready for a big distribution in May. These veterans are thrilled to receive pay for a job well done! And what a joy it is to wear a poppy made by a disabled veteran, when you know the money it brought him filled a desperate need.

All money taken in over expenses is returned to the veterans and their families through our service program. At the present time, thousands of veterans are confined to beds in Illinois hospitals and we have not yet reached the peak of hospitalization. By the time Poppy Day arrives, many more veterans will be added.

That is why each year, prior to Memorial Day, millions of Americans wear little red poppies in memory of those who have died in all wars and to assist in the rehabilitation of those veterans who are now hospitalized suffering from wounds and illness.

In order to better acquaint our communities with the purpose of “Poppy Day”, sponsored by The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, each year school children enter posters in the “Poppy Poster Contest.”

This year Strasburg American Legion Auxiliary Liberty Unit #289 sponsored the Poppy Poster Contest, with elementary entries received from Trinity Lutheran School in Stewardson and a 10th Grade entry from Stewardson-Strasburg High School. The 1st place winners in each grade category were forwarded to the Department for judging.

The winners were:

4th Grade - 1st place Rachel Weaver, 2nd Place Brody Bible, 3rd Place Carrah Daniels

5th Grade – 1st Place Mollie Slifer,2nd Place Brinlie Durbin, 3rd Place Hunter Friese

6th Grade – 1st Place Alaira Friese, 2nd Place Brenna Musson, 3rd Place Jackson Gurgel

10th Grade, 1st Place Austin Vonderheide

The Strasburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit #289’s Poppy Day will be Friday evening, May 24th and Saturday morning, May 25th. Volunteers will be located at the bank, post office and Marathon Station. Proceeds from Poppy Day have been used for the Honor Flight, Mattoon VA Outpatient Clinic, and Illiana VA (Danville).

Please help support our veterans.

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