Legion post to begin distributing poppies Nov. 8

A Veterans Day observance by the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 in Saukville will begin Friday, Nov. 8, with post members distributing red poppies in exchange for donations.

Post members will be stationed Friday at Walmart and Piggly Wiggly in Saukville. Donations support programs that assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

Post 470 will observe Veterans Day starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11,  with ceremonies at Legion Hall. 

The observance begins with an Everlasting Ceremony honoring seven post members who recently died, followed by a rifle salute and Taps outside. Quilts of Love will be presented to surviving family members.  

A luncheon will be served following the event. 

 An evening program will also be held and includes dinner with guest speaker Julie Muhle, 2nd District commander. The evening will include American Legion and Auxiliary awards and recognition.  

 Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, marks the end of fighting during World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Poppies became the memorial flower for the American war dead, representing the fields in Europe where so many soldiers died and were buried. Soldiers of all nations came to view the flowers as a symbol of their dead comrades’ sacrifice and the plight of those who returned permanently disabled. 

The poppies, which are made by disabled servicemen, are the official memorial flower of the American Legion, which has distributed the flowers since 1921.

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