That in the spring of 1919, amidst complete devastation, the poppies bloomed in abundance on the battlefields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle, and that a replica of this poppy has become the Memorial Flower of the American Legion Auxiliary?
That The American Legion was the first national organization to adopt the poppy as its Memorial Flower, having taken this action at the national Convention in Cleveland, September 27-29, 1920?
That the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as its Memorial Flower at its organizing convention held in Kansas City, in October 1921.
That at the time the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy, it pledged 100% of the profits from the poppy distribution to welfare relied for servicemen and servicewomen and their families, thus fulfilling the true meaning of the poppy, and emblem of faith; faith which is being kept with all who died through service to the living?
That the American Legion Auxiliary, in order to protect the memorial poppy from the inroads of commercialism, adopted a national poppy program at the St. Paul Convection in 1924 which eliminated the commercial poppy?
That the memorial poppies are made of red crepe paper, by hand, by disabled veterans in hospitals and poppy workrooms in forty states, and that the workers receive pay for each poppy made, the material being furnished free by the Department in the state in which the hospital is located?
That the more than 25,000.000 poppies made by disabled veterans are distributed on the streets under the supervision of the American Legion Auxiliary by approximately 125.000 volunteer workers who receive no compensation?
That through the American Legion Auxiliary poppy program, more than $300.000 is paid annually to needy and disabled service men and service women for making the poppies.
That proceeds from the distribution of over 25,000,000 poppies annually under the guidance of the American Legion Auxiliary amount to more than $2,000,000 every penny of which is devoted to Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation work by both The American Legion and Auxiliary, which includes aid to needy veterans and their families? The method of distribution varies in each Department, depending upon the nature of the demands for help. Each of our 10,500 Units in communities scattered all over the United States , its territorial possessions, and in foreign countries where veterans reside, maintains a Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee working under a chairman, and a Children and Youth Committee with its chairman. These Unit chairmen are assisted by Department chairmen of similar committees, who in turn, work under the guidance of a National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman and a National Children and Youth Chairman.
That the public is given an opportunity each year to help in the significant work of The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as an opportunity to pay tribute to all who died in service, by wearing a poppy on Poppy Day?
WHEREAS, By Resolution 69 of The American legion at its National Executive Committee meeting in April 1953, The American Legion did enact a mandate with reference to the use of funds derived from the distribution of poppies: and
WHEREAS, The American Legion Auxiliary has followed such mandates in the expenditure of such funds: and
WHEREAS, The recent enlargement of membership eligibility to include Vietnam veterans and our experience in the Hospital Volunteer program indicate that certain changes should b considered in this American Legion mandate; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED: By the National Executive Committee of The American Legion, assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 3-4, 1967, that funds derived from the distribution of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary poppy shall be used for the following purposes only:
1. For the rehabilitation of veterans honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces after April 6. 1917.
2. For the welfare of the families of veterans of the above-named date.
3. For the rehabilitation of hospitalized servicemen returning home and awaiting discharge who require treatment in service hospitals.
4. To defray the expenses of Children and Youth and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman in attending authorized conferences at which they are accredited representatives, and the expenses of the Director of Hospital Volunteer Schools to National Conferences, and to defray administrative expenses of Service Department, provided that both The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary Departments approve such use of funds within the Departments.
5. For Transportation expenses of Hospital Volunteers and the purchase of Hospital Volunteer uniforms, if ad Department f the American Legion Auxiliary so desires, as well as expenditures on behalf of the Field Service program, if a Department of the American Legion Auxiliary so desires, all within the limits of the guidelines established by the National American Legion Auxiliary.