Poppy Support

Local veterans sold poppies Saturday in local stores, continuing a nearly 100-year-old tradition. The poppies are made by disabled veterans, and the proceeds from the sales are given back to programs that support veterans. Pictured from left are John Bishop, his granddaughter Aiden Johnson, Roy Harrison and Dee Hines. Also selling poppies that day were Mike Roth, Frank Gilligan, Dick Fadness, Max Maxwell and Tom Walsky. The association of poppies with war sacrifice began in World War I with a poem written by a Canadian doctor titled “In Flanders Field,” which described poppies blowing among the graves of war dead in a battlefield in Belgium. In part, it read, “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.”

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