Annual Memorial Day Poppy Distribution Coming To Wayne, Winside This Weekend

WINSIDE – Roy Reed Unit 252, American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Poppy Day Distribution this weekend in Winside and Wayne.

According to a press release from Roy Reed Post 252, the tradition of wearing the Memorial Poppy dates back to 1920, when it became the memorial flower of The American Legion Family. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for our country following World War I.

The Poppy Day will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. until Noon and be conducted at Bomgaars, Shopko and Pac N Save along with Junior members canvassing the businesses in downtown Wayne. There’ll will also be collection canisters at the Winside Store and Co-op as well as the Winside Auditorium on Memorial Day.

The Memorial Poppy distributed in the Wayne, Winside and across District 3 of the American Legion Family area are handmade annually based in Wayne County. Poppy makers do not accept any compensation for their time.

There’ll also be a Memorial Day program held at the Winside Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28.

Proceeds are dedicated to Veterans. Half of the money raised is returned right back to the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Nebraska POPPY PROGRAM, to purchase supplies for Veterans to make the Memorial Poppy all year long. The other half of the proceeds are then donated to the American Legion Auxiliary, District 3 President’s project at the Norfolk Veterans Home.

Again, plan to wear a Poppy over Memorial Day weekend to honor all Veterans.

Contact the Bud Neel at 402-369-1873 or Beverly Neel at 402-369-0152 for further questions and more information.