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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois


Chairman Barb Ziegenweide

“Entering the Olympic Stadium with the Olympic Torch and Poppies in Hand”

The Poppy Program was designed to promote and educate people about the history of the poppy, thereby making citizens aware of the sacrifices of our veterans. Typically, poppies are distributed over Memorial Day weekend; however, poppies can be distributed any time throughout the year.

It’s always great when the entire American Legion Family distributes poppies together, especially if the Junior members get involved.

The Department Office has many resources available for your units for your poppy distribution: Bookmarks, the Poppy Story, and the poem “In Flander’s Fields.”
Just a reminder that 100% of donations received from poppy distribution goes to veterans and veterans’ programs. Again, we distribute poppies for free – they are not sold.

Information about our annual Senior and Junior contests, Miss Poppy, Little Miss Poppy, as well as the annual Poppy Poster contest are in your packets. These forms will be updated with 2017-2018 dates and will be available online later this fall. As soon as the National Plan of Action is available, that information will be included in the annual Poppy article in the ALA Today.

The Department plaque awards are as follows:
(1) Margaret’s Gardeners to the unit with the best overall participation in the Poppy program and
(2) Judy’s Circus Performers Poppy Award for the most new and innovative way or idea of raising funds for the Poppy Program.

My personal awards will be a Runner-Up Award to each of the two Department Awards and will be a $10.00 award.