Every year in May, veterans and auxiliary members appear with bouquets of bright red poppies in their hands. Each poppy is sold for a donation, but have you ever wondered what those poppies represent?
In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row - that first line from the poem written Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army during World War I has come to symbolize the true meaning of Memorial Day. By purchasing a simple red poppy from area veterans, you are helping to support disabled and hospitalized veterans.
By wearing or displaying one, you are showing that you remember. Poppies are sold in our area by members of veterans organizations such as the American Legion Post 86 Adams in Kilmarnock.