The Park Rapids American Legion family asks the public to support the Poppy Program on Friday, May 10 as they distribute poppies within the community.

Proceeds from donations will be given to assist local veterans and their families where financial and medical need is evident.

The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.

In the spring of 1919, amidst complete devastation, the poppies bloomed in abundance on the battlefields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle.

The Poppy Program became a national campaign in 1924 to aid disabled men and women veterans and their families through funds raised by poppy distribution.

Poppies are assembled by veterans, providing them a source of income as well as an opportunity to connect with other veterans. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of paper poppies are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

Poppy funds are only used for the welfare relief of an individual veteran or military service member or their immediate family.