With every red crepe paper poppy flower she has distributed through the decades in exchange for donations to help veterans, servicemembers, and their families, American Legion Auxiliary member Sara Brogan took pride in knowing she was making a difference. She called her poppy distribution efforts “time well spent.”
“Our veterans, our servicemen and women, and their families … it’s for them. They deserve it,” said Brogan of ALA Unit 40 in Danville, Pa. Brogan has been an Auxiliary member for several decades.
Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. On Memorial Day, National Poppy Day®, and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies — most handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation — are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go to assist veterans, active-duty servicemembers, and their families.
In Brogan’s heart and mind, every day is poppy day. For many years, she gladly toted around bunches of poppies to hand out just about anywhere she went. Even during a casual dining experience, Brogan would have some poppies on hand in case the restaurant owner or manager allowed her to distribute them to patrons in exchange for contributions.
Brogan had actively participated in a variety of unit functions and other fundraising activities for many years until recently, when she moved into a nursing home. Her granddaughter, Unit 40 President Kimberly Noble, takes Brogan to unit meetings when possible. After all, Brogan’s desire to help our servicemembers and veterans remains strong in her heart and mind … as does her affection for The American Legion Family.
Brogan is a Paid Up For Life member of the ALA.