Some of the women from the American Legion Auxiliary worked to raise money and awareness for local veterans in need on Saturday by taking donations at town square and giving out handmade poppies.
“During World War I in France, where our men shed so much blood, they looked over a field and saw red poppies and so that became our symbol for their sacrifice,” American Legion Auxiliary member Marcia Cook said.
The Poppy Program is meant to raise community awareness and respect for veterans by educating members and the public about the symbol of the poppy. The red crepe paper poppies are all handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation and the poppies are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in local communities.
“Veterans helping veterans,” American Legion Auxiliary member Carrie Marsh said. “It's awesome.”
The American Legion Auxiliary does this program every weekend before memorial day. Patsy Billings, incoming President of the Fifth District and Unit 51 in Bastrop, said they are thankful to Mayor Arthur Jones and the Bastrop Police Department who allow them to use the square.
“We do everything and anything we can for our veterans,” Cook said.
“I think the main focus is that I want us to be focused on our veterans and being involved in our community,” Patsy Billings, incoming President of the Fifth District and Unit 51 in Bastrop, said.