American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 members, (L-R) Tracy Gamble and Virginia Mendlik, greeted shoppers with poppies in 2020 at the Frisco Lowe’s Home Improvement.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Its growth was attributed to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by World War I. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battles following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.
The poppy became the official flower of The American Legion on September 22, 1920 to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during World War I. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.
The American Legion Auxiliary has used poppies for many years to raise awareness and support for our nation’s veterans. This year the American Legion Auxiliary will continue to bring attention to this symbolic flower by calling upon all Americans to honor the fallen and support the living on National Poppy Day, May 28,2021.
Since 2015 Auxiliary Unit 178 has distributed poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower donate to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their families with medical and financial needs.
On Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. members of Auxiliary Unit 178 will distribute poppies at Lowe’s Home Improvement at 3360 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034.
On National Poppy Day, wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.
FRISCO TEXAS – The American Legion Auxiliary, Peter J Courcy Unit 178 was recently organized and elected their officers. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 will be led by Phyllis Sutton, President.
President Sutton stated “The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support American Legion Post 178 and become the premier service organization and foundation of Frisco and surrounding communities providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security”.
A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary. Additionally, the mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who honorably served in the United States Armed Forces during the war-time eras as specified by Congress are eligible for membership.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Peter J. Courcy Unit 178, in Frisco recently organized and elected Phyllis Sutton as the unit’s president.
“The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support American Legion Post 178 and become the premier service organization and foundation of Frisco and surrounding communities providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security,” Sutton said in a news release.
The post meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Frisco Senior Center, 6670 Moore St.