ILWACO — The American Legion has declared the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.

“Honor our fallen warriors and contribute to the continuing needs of our veterans, active duty persons and their families when members of American Legion Post #48 and Auxiliary Unit #48 distribute bright red poppies for Memorial Day in exchange for a donation,” the Legion said in a press release. “The Flanders Field poppy has become an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain.”

Members of the Don R. Grable Post #48 and Unit #48 will distribute poppies from May 25 through May 29 at various locations on the Long Beach Peninsula. A special event will be the distribution of poppies combined with a plant sale fundraiser on May 26 and 27, from 10 to 4 at 3511 Pacific Way in Seaview. Members will also be at the Saturday Market on May 27.

“Wear the poppy on May 26, National Poppy Day and on this Memorial Day weekend to honor and remember our fallen warriors who willingly served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Georgia Bell, President of Unit #48. “We must never forget.”

The poppy also honors hospitalized and disabled veterans who hand craft many of the red, crepe paper flowers. Making the poppies provides a financial and therapeutic benefit to the veterans, as well as a benefit to thousands of other veterans and their families through the donations collected.

For more information, call Georgia Bell at 360-484-3662 or Janet Easley at 360-665-5580.

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