Members of the Coon Rapids American Legion and VFW and their ladies’ auxiliaries will be distributing poppies throughout the city today (Friday, May 16) and tomorrow (Saturday, May 17).
Those two days have been proclaimed as Poppy Days in Coon Rapids to pay respectful tribute to those killed in wars and to benefit living veterans and their families. The purpose is to “honor the dead by helping the living.”
The poppies, which are assembled by disabled veterans, will be distributed by Legion, VFW and auxiliary members outside local stores from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, rain or shine.
The donations collected will be used the Legion and VFW for their programs that assist veterans and their families.
“All donations stay within the community to help veterans locally,” said Marv Roepke, past VFW commander and chairperson of the poppy committee.
Roepke joined Coon Rapids American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary members Diane Bohlman, who is also a VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary member, and Flora Ellefson, auxiliary president, at the May 6 Coon Rapids City Council to receive the proclamation from Mayor Tim Howe and present commemorative poppies to Howe and the other six members of the council.
The proclamation urges “all citizens of Coon Rapids to recognize the merits of this cause by contributing generously and wear a poppy as mute evidence of our gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens.”