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Poppy Day helps support local veterans

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Poppy Day is here again. For over 70 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored Poppy Day to remind America that millions have sacrificed their lives and health to keep our nation strong and free. If you see a “poppy lady,” please remember our heroes, the veterans, past and present, by contributing and receive your red poppy. Over 900,000 poppies were distributed last year with monies for our veterans. Veteran Richard Jones, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, makes $60 for every thousand he assembles. He can make 500 poppies in four hours. Richard was able to purchase a computer with monies he earned. When asked how he likes it here, Richard replied, “If I wasn’t here I would be on the streets.” Richard has resided at the home for three years. The American Legion Auxiliary Post #102 has done a lot with the proceeds to help the veterans, having them attend some of the Post parties like Halloween, Christmas, or for special entertainment. The “Spring Fling” held at the veterans home by the auxiliary provides music, refreshments and dancing for those who are able and also those in wheelchair for a “fling” on the dance floor. On behalf of America’s veterans, thank you for caring.