The Poppy Program is the oldest and most widely recognized Auxiliary program.  Each year around Memorial Day, Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contribution to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.  The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and the community.  The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage which helps to supplement their income and makes them feel more self-sufficient.  The physical and mental activity provides many therapeutic benefits as well.  Donations are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families.  The poppy also reminds the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans.  Auxiliary members endeavor to explain the true meaning of this little flower to all those who receive it.  The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn and used by Auxiliary members to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.

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Poppy Symbolism:

The four petals represent...

     •Dedication

     •Sacrifice

     •Responsibility

     •Compassion

The red petals... Stand for the vast outpouring of blood.

The black... The mud and desolation of all battlefields.

The green of the stem and foliage... Is symbolic of the forests, meadows and fields where generations of Americans have perished to make this land free.

The stem... Represents the courage and determination of our fallen warriors.

The assembled poppy... A flower... Is a symbol of resurrection, which is sure to follow.

HONOR THE DEAD--AID THE LIVING
WEAR A PAPER POPPY
EVERY MEMORIAL DAY

"The Measure of a Man...
...may be his willingness to serve his country."
"The Measure of a Country...
...may be its willingness to honor those who served."
--Courtesy of East Palo Alto Unit 472