American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 announces Poppy Poster winners

At the announcement of the Poppy Poster Contest winners are in back (l-r) Poppy Chair Dee Whelan and Unit 17 President Jo Stafford; in front are third-place winner Morgan Gray, first-place winner Elliana Scoda and second-place winner Ruby Dillard. SOURCE SUBMITTED
May 20, 2013

May is the month of Mother's Day and Memorial Day. but the American Legion Auxiliary also celebrates Poppy Month.

Each year, American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity provides many therapeutic benefits for the veterans. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn by Americans to honor those who served and died for their country. Many wear the poppy as a sign of support for veterans.

In keeping with these efforts and to educate youth, this year Auxiliary Unit 17 held a Poppy Poster Contest. Children from Milton Elementary School were asked to make posters depicting what they thought Poppy Month was all about. The winners were announced May 9. First place went to Elliana Scoda, second-place winner was Ruby Dillard and third place was Morgan Gray. Honorable mentions went to Terri Jones, Lucy Siranides and Astro Penn.