During the month of May, the American Legion Auxiliary Natoma Unit 109, has been distributing bright red crepe paper poppies to the public. Known as the Remembrance Flower, the Poppy Program is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Handcrafted by Kansas veterans in the Wichita VA Hospital and Winfield Soldiers Home, the project is part of veterans' therapeutic rehabilitation. Donations return to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
Unit 109, veterans and volunteers will place American flags on veterans' graves prior to Memorial Day at the following cemeteries: Natoma City, North Catholic, Immanuel Lutheran, IXL, Round Mound, Pleasant Plains Methodist and Paradise. The auxiliary also will lead services at four cemeteries: Natoma Catholic, 9:30 a.m.; Immanuel Lutheran, 10 a.m.; Paradise Mount Herman, 10:30 a.m., and Natoma, 11 a.m.
A Memorial Day dinner will be hosted in the Natoma Thomas J. Hogan Legion Hall, 520 N. 1st.