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Colfax American Legion Auxiliary poppy symbolizes nation’s sacrifice

Auxiliary members of Russell-Toycen Unit 131 understand the sacrifice our Armed Forces have made to preserve freedom and to honor past and current service members.

Members of Russell-Toycen Unit 131 will wear a red Memorial Poppy, a symbol of the price of war and the sacrifice of millions, as a sign of their appreciation this Memorial Day weekend.

In battlefields of Belgium during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, allowing them to grow and forever serve as a reminder of the bloodshed of war.

The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars, its petal of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding Americans each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amend the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
in Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders fields.

(Lt. Col. John McCrae)

…the blood of heroes never dies
But lends a luster to the red
Of flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders’ Fields.

(Moina Michael)

Please join the Colfax American Legion Auxiliary on May 21 in recognizing the sacrifice of our veterans by making a donation to the veterans poppy fund and by wearing a red Memorial Poppy this Memorial Day weekend.