Since the first poppies unfolded in Flanders field among the graves of fallen WWI soldiers, the blood red flower has been synonymous with self-sacrifice.
In the 1920s it became the official memorial flower of the American Legion Club and Auxiliary. Paper poppies, made by veterans for veterans, have been worn for decades to say thank you to those soldiers.
In Maple Lake, members of the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary give away the flowers on fishing opener weekend, just two weeks before Memorial Day. They can be found mostly at businesses along Highway 55 in Maple Lake. Any donations they make from the poppy distribution is used for the sole purpose of aiding veterans and their families.
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