American Legion Auxiliary Honors Fallen and Living Veterans
Web posted May 7, 2019
At the end of World War I, the American Legion adopted the poppy as a symbol of freedom and the blood sacrifice made by troops in wartime. The symbol comes from the poem In Flanders Field, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, which movingly begins, “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row”. This refers to the poppies that sprang up in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves over parts of Belgium and France.
The Crosslake/Fifty Lakes America Legion Post 500 Auxiliary and Legion members will be distributing poppies in May outside local businesses in Crosslake. National Poppy Day is on May 24, 2019. The poppies are made by hospitalized veterans, and are distributed to remind the community of past sacrifices and the continuing needs of active service members and veterans. All donations are welcome, and are used to assist disabled, homeless, and hospitalized veterans and their families.
Over $2000 was collected by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary in 2018 through poppy distribution and donations. These funds were used to support veteran’s programs such as the Veteran’s Child Welfare Foundation, Vet Rehabilitation, Shower Supplies for Vets, ALA Hospital Program, donating funds to wounded warriors and homeless vets, and other Auxiliary projects that specifically support veterans.
The Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion is located on Cty Road 3, just south of Crosslake. It is open to the public for socializing over a beer, eating one of our nightly dinner specials, playing cards and bingo, attending and supporting our special events. There are over 100 women in the Auxiliary. New members are always welcome and more are needed to support our veterans, and our community projects and events. Come see what we are all about, support our veterans, and make new friends.
Be sure to wear your poppy proudly, in honor of our veterans! “Yes, wear a Poppy everyone, Lest we just might forget, The sacrifice that these men made, And the burdens which they met” (Lillian Thune).