Members of the Eagle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 535 will distribute handcrafted memorial poppies, made by veterans for veterans on May 11 and 12 at various locations in Eagle.
The 900,000 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, are asking everyone to wear a Poppy on Memorial Day weekend. “Wear it in honor of the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, all too many whom made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Karen Matters, Eagle American Legion Auxiliary president.
The red paper flowers were established as a memorial tribute to World War I causalities who are buried near the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium, where poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. Wisconsin’s disabled veterans at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee make the red crepe paper Poppy. These poppies provide financial and therapeutic benefit to veterans who call Zablocki home, as well as the thousands of veterans and their families who also benefit from the donations collected from the poppy donations.