The American Legion has the support of Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day, a day that encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy as a symbol to honor the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. the red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for our country following the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields. The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front line in World War I, to honor soldiers killed in battle.
The poppy became the memorial flower of the American Legion on September 27, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio.
National Poppy Day is an initiative supported by the entire American Legion Family, which includes The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion, and the American Legion Riders.
Each year, members of The American Legion Family, led by The American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation. Proceeds from the sale of items such as jewelry and other themed merchandise also benefit the mission to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.
Please plan to join us on October 7, 2018 as we depart Galveston for a 7-night cruise to Roatan, Costa Maya & Cozumel on the beautiful Liberty of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean has announced a special pricing promotion fundraiser for Post 178. This is a great fundraiser for the Post and if you act quickly you can enjoy the special pricing and a great cruise. You don’t even have to be a Post member to get this rate!
100% of all monies raised on this amazing cruise go to support Post 178 Children & Youth programs.
To book your reservation just call, 469-294-8900, or email Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Frisco, email@example.com, and let them know you want to book the American Legion Cruise.
What – A fundraising event by local car enthusiast to cruise through Collin & Denton countryside to raise funds for “Carry The Load” Who – Limited to the first 50 veterans who would like to ride co-pilot in hotrods, modern super cars, muscle cars – you must respond with your RSVP here. When – Saturday, May 19th, 0800 Where – Start and return to First United Bank, 6401 South Custer Road, McKinney, TX
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.