National Poppy Day is Friday

The Friday before Memorial Day is National Poppy Day. The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.

On Sept. 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion Family, led largely by the American Legion Auxiliary, 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. 

American Legion Family members will be distributing the symbolic flower on National Poppy Day, which falls on May 24 this year, and everyone is encouraged to wear a red poppy to honor military sacrifices. Watch a message from American Legion National Commander Daniel Seehafer and Auxiliary President Lisa Williamson about the importance of wearing a red poppy to remember the fallen.

Resources are available for local use and education about National Poppy Day. Visit for:

-       A history of Poppy Day

-       A Poppy Shop to purchase pins and supplies for posts, units, squadrons and chapters

-       Videos, including stirring recitations of “In Flanders Fields” and “We Shall Keep the Faith”

-       Poppy Day banners, posters, media templates and sample press releases to raise awareness and increase participation in your community.    

-       Link to make online poppy donations to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families.