5/21/2014 8:12:00 AM Legion Auxiliary to distribute poppies beginning Thursday
Windom American Legion Auxiliary Post 206 Auxiliary volunteers will begin distributing the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war dead Thursday through Saturday at Shopko Hometown and Hy-Vee Food stores in Windom.
Jean Hoppe, who again chairs this year's distribution, says volunteers will be handing out poppies from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
Last year, Hoppe received recognition for chairing the "Best Reported Poppy Program" in District 2. She and the local auxiliary received the traveling plaque, which is the first time the auxiliary has received the honor since it was implemented in 1976-77.
The annual event not only pays tribute to those veterans who have died, but also honors the millions of Americans who have willingly served their country.
The program also serves and honors veterans with all proceeds from the distribution invested in local programs that benefit veterans and their families.
Each nine-piece poppy is made by veterans to supplement the physical and psychological therapy hospitalized and disabled veterans need.
The poppy program is part of the Legion Auxiliary. It is estimated that about 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America's war dead and veterans, contributing over $2 million for rehabilitation and welfare programs.
Locally, the Windom American Legion Auxiliary proudly donates 200 poppies to Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial, Mikkelsen Manor, Remick Ridge and Home Health Care to honor those who served the U.S.