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Poppy Days to benefit veterans
Monroe Mayor William Ross presents a contribution to the 2014 American Legion Poppy Princess, Katelynn Isely. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Poppy Days will be held Friday. Zilmer-Riley American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 84 members and veterans will distribute the bright red poppy, handmade by veterans, who receive payment for each poppy made.

For over 90 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has distributed the memorial poppy to remind Americans that millions sacrificed their lives and health to keep the nation strong and free.

Contributions to the Poppy program are designated to benefit America's veterans throughout the nation to raise money exclusively for hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.

In Wisconsin, there are three veterans hospitals located in Madison, Milwaukee and Tomah. Camp American Legion, near Lake Tomahawk, is also available for veterans to receive needed therapy and rest. The veterans who use these facilities also receive items including personal items, treats, stationery, tote bags, tray favors and postage.

In December, the Christmas Gift Shop receives benefits from the Poppy proceeds. The hospitalized veterans can choose Christmas gifts for their families. The gifts are wrapped and shipped at no cost to the veterans.

Headquarters for Poppy Day will be at the Monroe American Legion Post No. 84 Home, 1627 12th Ave. Poppy Day committee members are JoAnn Schwitz, Gladys Schild and Frances Wells.