Photo by Nick Fiala

Mayor Stephen Wood proclaims Poppy Days at Rensselaer City Hall with his secretary, Monica Trump, and, from the local American Legion Auxiliary, Treasurer Judy Siegrist and President Jan McKay.

RENSSELAER — Mayor Stephen Wood made a formal proclamation this week with members of the local American Legion Auxiliary at City Hall, signifying Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 as “Poppy Days.” The program of the same name has enabled the auxiliary to assist veterans and their families in communities and hospitals throughout Indiana and beyond since 1920.

“The wearing of the memorial poppy is a fitting and effective way of keeping bright the memory of those young men who gave themselves in America’s service in the World Wars,” Wood stated. “The women of the American Legion Auxiliary will be offering to pin on a hand-made veteran red poppy to the public, not at a price, but for a small contribution — a few cents to say ‘America remembers.’”

He went onto encourage the citizens to Rensselaer to support the auxiliary “by proudly wearing a memorial poppy in honor of our gallant veterans who gave their lives in the fight for freedom.”