After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists
attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched
with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a
beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed
during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders
Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D.
while serving on the front lines.
On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The
American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died
during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national
program of The American Legion.
The month of May is the American Legion [Family] Poppy Campaign. National Poppy Day is May 24, 2019.
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Legion will observe Children & Youth Month during April, Commander Robert
I. Winkel of Burhan Hagedon Post 197 in Harbor Beach announced today. Participating with Post 197 in this
observance will be members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 197.
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At the end of WWI in 1919 some of the soldiers coming off the battle field felt something should be done for all their fellow soldiers who didn’t make it off the field and the ones that were wounded either physically or mentally. Through their initiatives the AMERICAN LEGION was born.
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2-23-19 Post Veteran’s Party, there were 41 Veterans and quests attending. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the family style meal. Sloppy Joes, barbecued pulled pork, corned beef, macaroni and cheese, cheesy potatoes, taco salad, chili, Al Kleinknect’s sliders, hot dogs, desserts and lots of junk foods were on the menu.
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Harbor Beach, MI American Legion Post 197 held it’s 99-th Birthday Party Dinner on March 10, 2018 at the post home where continuous membership certificates were distributed. Pictured is Gary Erb, ass’t Adjutant on the left presenting Arnie Koehn, Adjutant on the right, his 50 year continuous membership certificate.
Welcome to our post. We are located on Trescott St. near the pier in Harbor Beach, MI. If you are a veteran, please stop in and talk to us about joining or get in touch with us on the Contact Us page. Additionally, you can join online using the Join link above.