Poppy Days takes place in Mattoon | Health, medicine and fitness
MATTOON – American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 88 Lawrence Riddle will be hosting Poppy Days on Friday and Saturday May 7th and 8th.
Members of the Post 88 American Legion family will be collecting donations at various locations in Mattoon.
The poppy program is the oldest and most widely recognized ancillary program. Each year around Memorial Day, auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions to help disabled and hospitalized veterans.
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The program provides benefits to veterans and the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers can earn a small salary, which helps supplement their income and make them more self-reliant.
Physical and mental activity also offers therapeutic benefits.
The poppy is the nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice to honor the men and women who served and died in war, while serving the country.
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