Poppy Days declared in Coon Rapids

Members of the Coon Rapids American Legion, the Coon Rapids VFW and their ladies auxiliaries will be selling poppies in the community today (Friday, May 17) and tomorrow (Saturday, May 18).

Mayor Tim Howe (left) proclaimed May 17 and 18 Poppy Days in Coon Rapids. He is pictured with, left to right, Diane Bohlman, poppy chairperson for the Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary; Marv Roepke, poppy chairperson for the Coon Rapids VFW; and Helen Steffen, Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary president.

Mayor Tim Howe (left) proclaimed May 17 and 18 Poppy Days in Coon Rapids. He is pictured with, left to right, Diane Bohlman, poppy chairperson for the Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary; Marv Roepke, poppy chairperson for the Coon Rapids VFW; and Helen Steffen, Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary president.

The two days have been designated Poppy Days in the city in a proclamation approved by the Coon Rapids City Council.

The American Legion, VFW and ladies auxiliaries have adopted the poppy as their commemorative symbol.

Poppy Days pays tribute to those killed in war and benefit living veterans and their families.

Its theme is to “honor the dead by helping the living.”

All the money collected by the Coon Rapids veterans organizations during Poppy Days goes back to their programs for veterans and their families.

“We encourage people to donate,” said Marv Roepke, past commander of the Coon Rapids VFW.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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