County Council Proclaims May 26 As Poppy Day

During the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night, Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 26 as Poppy Day. The proclamation was accepted by American Legion Post 90’s Marie Todd, left, and Randi Moore. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed May 26 as Poppy Day during its regular meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. Councilor Rick Reiss presented the proclamation, which states:


WHEREAS: The American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its memorial flower at its organization convention in Kansas City in October 1921; and


WHEREAS: The Auxiliary has pledged that proceeds from poppy sales will go to welfare relief for service men and women and their families, thus fulfilling the meaning of the poppy as an emblem of faith kept with all who have given their lives to preserve our freedom; and


WHEREAS: The red memorial poppies worn throughout the nation on Poppy Day are made by veterans in hospitals and workshops in forty states; poppies sold in Los Alamos are made by patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque; and


WHEREAS: The citizens of Los Alamos are given an opportunity each year to pay tribute to all who have died in the service of our country, as well as an opportunity to help with the fine work of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, by wearing a poppy and thereby contributing to the American Legion Auxiliary’s service to the living;


NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim Saturday, May 26th, 2018 as



in Los Alamos County, and urge our citizens to wear a poppy with pride on this occasion.

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