Lake Tomahawk American Legion Post hosts Poppy Sale Memorial Day weekend Submitted: 05/27/2018

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WOODRUFF - Many people participate in certain traditions for Memorial Day weekend to honor fallen veterans. The Lake Tomahawk American Legion Post starts the weekend off by having a Poppy sale. This year the sale was held at the Ace Hardware in Woodruff.

After World War One Poppies flourished in Europe. The flower has since been adopted as the official flower of the American Legion.

The funds raised support various programs and benefits for veterans. Volunteers say the support for the poppy sale is overwhelming.

"People are so grateful for the veterans, they thank our veterans for their service, we thank them for supporting, they are appreciative of what we do for the veterans," said Auxiliary American Legion Member Chis Bullock.

The poppies sold were all made by veterans.

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