The tradition of wearing a poppy date back to 1920, when it became the memorial flower of The American Legion Family.
The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for our country following World War I. It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields. Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines in World War I, the poem honors soldiers killed in battle.
The American Legion led the charge of having Congress designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day®, a tradition found in many countries around the world. National Poppy Day® encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform.
On May 25, join us by wearing a red poppy to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and support the future of veterans and their families for generations to come.
Sincerely, The American Legion
FOLKS, I think it is TIME for veterans and others who know what the true meaning of the 'SILVER STAR' award is to stand up and explain to well-intentioned but misinformed politicos and wannabe types that this "Silver Star Service Banner"
program that they so freely share information about is 'bogus' in that the recipients that gather in assorted community selections are NOT necessarily holders of the 3rd highest award for valor in defense of our nation. Rather they have independently presented themselves as having been somehow injured (or didn't feel good) while in military service... not necessarily even Purple Heart category!
American Legion's Dispatch - Agent Orande VA benefits expanded - The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).
Cook County Military & Veterans Discount Program is announced. We are writing to inform you about an exciting program by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. Back in 2014 we will began issuing the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card. Our goal is create a network of businesses throughout Cook County that offer discounts and incentives to active duty military and veterans, and encourage businesses to offer these discounts year-round.