Manteno American Legion  Auxiliary
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. 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 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.