The ladies of the Pembroke post of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164 spent last Saturday morning at various locations throughout downtown Pembroke hosting Poppy sales booths.
"We have had a pretty successful morning," said Auxiliary member Marsha Clark, who maintained a presence at the entrance of Pembroke Pharmacy. "We really appreciate all the support our community gives to local veterans."
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 contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
According to the Auxiliary, the program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activities also provide many therapeutic benefits.
The Poppy symbol is also used as a reminder to the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our nation’s veterans. It is worn and used by Auxiliary members to honor men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.
According to Unit 164 President Susie Magee, the Poppy sells raised $1,339. Donations from the Poppy Sales are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families.
Unit 164 will be hosting their annual installation of officers on June 1, at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post on HWY 280 just outside of Pembroke. Dot Thornton, American Legion Auxiliary Department President will be on hand to conduct the installation.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Pembroke Unit of American Legion please call Mrs. Magee at 653-5476.