With Memorial Day on the horizon, we recognize May 28, 2021 as National Poppy Day.
Promoting National Poppy Day in Saint Peter is high school sophomore, Raina Roemhildt. “Military service and honoring veterans is important to me. Between my father, grandfather, four uncles, two aunts and two cousins, our family has served over 150 years. Respecting veterans and those still serving is part of who I am and this is a small way to show I care.” Roemhildt, 16, is considered a ‘military kid’ and has lived in military installations around the world while her father was serving active duty. She oversees the distribution of the poppy collection cans around town, accounting for funds and this year, initiated an art contest, which is hosted with the help of the Saint Peter Public Library.
Deanna Staples, President of Saint Peter American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 says, “Wearing a poppy the Friday before Memorial Day is a reminder to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and is a symbol of hope for the generations to come who will answer our nation’s call to military service. It is important for Americans to remember that we have an entirely new group of veterans. Supporting them and their families is absolutely essential.”
Poppy cans will be available in various locations around Saint Peter starting May 1. For more information about National Poppy Day® please go to poppydayusa.org