The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 5, 1952 · Page 8
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(ARK.) COCTUER mew* OSCEOLA NEWS . HA Si, arr Poppy Day, This Coming Saturday, Has Long and Meaningful History "In Plander* 1 fieldi the popples grow, between the crosses, row on "row." A lot of people aren't aware of the significance of Poppy Day whfeti'will be celebrated all over the nation this coming Saturday. The Saturday . before Armistice Day—a day that actual fighting ceased; In World War I and; a day set aside In memory of those killed In the war,, , Victims of war are soon forgotten, but to those who have come back from the last two world wars and our present Korean "situation," on crutches, In wKcel chairs and blinded, these Inen haven't forgotten. Families who lost a father, n husband or a son, remember In reverence of-the vnlor and devotion they held for their hero. Poppy Day means something to those families Mid It should even mean more to those who had no one to send to fight for our country to make It a better place for the future generations to live. That,H,ttle red paper poPPy i'ou will have a chance to pin over your heart as a symbol' of the sacrifice made'; by' that gallant flower of American manhood will be on sale Saturday. Dig down deep and give a liberal offering to the young : gtrl who: Is giving her. "time', to collect this money for those disabled veterans In our government hospitals, In our ^wh state of Arkansas. Not one penny of It goes to any other state and' If by chance you are pinned with an ill-shaped one, you should ^revere it that much more because yours was probably made by hands that Have a missing finger or two; or by ; a man or boy who had to learn- to use/his left hancT because he had no right one. ; * * * i THESE POPPIES are not just » •paper flower offered for sale by the American Legion Auxiliary but are the symbols of the obligations and sacrifice* required of all good citizens in binding up the wounda of a nation's disabled veteran. . The idea of the poppy as a memorial flower for ;the World War I dead, sprang up as naturally as the little wild flower itself grows in the fields of France'and Flanders. -The. flower was the one touch of beauty which survived amid the •hideoua destruction'of war. Along trie edge - of Ihe trenches^ beneath the;tangled barbed wire, about the ragged shell holes and over the fresh graves, it raised it's brave' red bio s - abmi. It seemed to be the one imor- tal thing In that region where death reigned. "' •" ^The soldiers of all nations came to look upon It u a living symbol ,of the sacrlfices-of ;thelr dead comrades. Returning ' soldiers brought the \islon of the poppy fields back with them, .engraved Indelibly > in their heart*-with ,,the\memories of the comrades they had left on the battle-front. '"Spontaneously, the. poppy, took on a sacred significance..It became the flower of remembrance for the men who had poured out. their 1 life's blood around the roots of the little PREPARE FOR POPPY SALES — Mrs. Ralph Wilson, who will head poppy sales in Osceola this year, pins a corsage of the bright red flower on Mrs. W. s. Hendrlx, chairman of the American Legion Auxiliary. (Courier News Photo) poppy plant*. Wearing a red poppy has a double significance, It means honoring the war-dead and too, helping the liv- ing.disabled.ones. s The poppy was mode the memorial flower of the American Legion by a resolution adopted at the 'national convention in Cleveland In September, 1920., The first Instance of wearing pop- ples In honor of Hie war dead.oc- curred In New York Olty 'Nov. 1 8, 1918, when-Miss Molna Mlchell, of Athens, Ga., who was serving on the stalf of [he YMCA oversea!'headquarters; distributed- popples to 'the men attending the 25th conference ot the YMOA. The poppy was first sold publicly on the streets of Milwaukee in connection with the reception o[ the 32nd Division In June, 1919 and was sold by American Legion Posts of Milwaukee Jusfbe- fore "Memorial. Day,- 1920, for the purpose of securing funds for disabled veterans. * * * WHEN< THE .American Legion Auxiliary was organized In Kansas Olty in 1821, one of It's first official acts was to make .the poppy It's official memorial flower. The nation-wide sale of memorial popples ;was begun by the Legion, and Auxiliary In 1921. At first, silk popples made in France by the French war widows and. orphans were used. In 1922, the first popples made by American veterans were produced in the hospitals of-Minnesota and from that the work has steadily expanded until poppies are being made In more than 80 hospitals nd disabled veterans' workrooms 40 states. In 1024, U was seen that the x>JW program lent itself more aturally to the work of women hnn men, and the American Lelon. gave the Auxiliary complete harge of the national program. The work of making the popples is a true God-send to many hun- reds of disabled veterans. They re paid for the flowers they shape, nd If they aren't too badly dfs- bled they can earn a little money vllhollt .exerting themselves to a Added comfort you cant get in an ordinary shot 95 Sizes 6 to 12 Widths B to EEE Get into this smart new moccasin bluchcr as soon u possible and discover a new measure of walking pleasure! The added comfort comes from J»rman's easy-going, hand-flexed *ole and cushion tread rubber heel, s KELLEY'S Your Friendly Shoe Store harmful txtent. Tor manjr of the veterans It U the' only pOMlbillty of earning money during the year and It glve« them a feeling of Independence. Some 6( 'the*e veteran* have famlllei and thU little money goe» toward buying a few groceries or a little fuel and elothlng to help austaln hlz loved ones. You know they do have aomebody in their live* who atlll ear-. Their, need li pitiful and their eauernesito help themselves through earning money rather than to depend solely on charity should make us on the outside of those hospital unlit, hold the very highest admiration for them; The hours for Ihoue men are long and monotonous and unless they keep their' minds bu«y. It's only natural that (hey lie on their beds and worry about the hardships of their families while the head of the house can do nothing about It, so It's up to iw to buy and wear poppies because they do not make up any more than the local Auxiliaries order. The Auxiliary pays two and one- half cents each for the popples. This goes to the Individual veteran. Then when they are sold on the streets, 35 percent of the sales of the popples goes to our own state for the veterans and the balance Is kept by the unit in each toxvn and that money has to go Into a poppy fund and spent only on veterans or their families. • * * IT'S ACTUALLY a disgrace that Osceola only collected $161.51 In their last year's poppy sales. $500 would be a passable amount and we in Osceola, I know, are going to. dig a little deeper this year. Last year one of the Auxiliary mcrribers who stood out In the cold to help was told by a passerby she tried to pin a poppy "What? again this year!" 'This worker, walked off and actually 'cried to think any one would be that merciless for such a wonderful '. cause and said she looked on buying one a privilege. You see, this woman lost a very young son In World War II and hasn't forgotten that the red of the poppy was symbolic of Ihe blood that her young son shed. Getting personal, I had a son serve almost five years in that same war and I was lucky he came back. And now I'have an eighteen year old who almost lost his life while nboard the USS St. Paul In Korean waters, last April, when 30 boys were killed ten minutes after my son's division had walked out of Its' turret. When death comes that near, and It has, to thousands and thousands of our American youths. It's little enough that we make a small sacrifice to help their disabled buddies. Osceola, with . » population of over 5.000 should at lea'f average one little dime each to b i« their amount up to. $500 this year and it's lip to everybody to help. Count or, On the Sbciai Side... Bcawre* on Birthday Mm. Harry Matloct arid Mrs. Bruce Ivy complimented ' theii ..Ina Lee Mattock and Elizabeth Ann Ivy, with » birthday party Thursday at the Delta Queen. The occasion was their tenth birthday and was a costume affair, Ina Lee, wearing a costume that depicted a character in "The Arabian Nights," and Elizabeth Arm, in a costume which was a replica of a fairy-tale's lady-bug, greeted their 60 guests as they came'through the door that hung In gold and black paper with a goblin over-head. The room was elided In long tables that held papier-mache pumpkins filled with popcorn. Standing in trie corners were typical harvest scene*. The center of the room held ah Immense grab bag and as each child performed an act they were led to the grab bag Jor their gifts. Dickey Kennemore was awarded first prize for having (he most unusual costume. He was dressed as queen of the Gypsies. Bettye Lynne Specie was awarded first prize in the prettiest costume. Her's was a blaclc net oversklrt and beneath orange colored tights. For the comical costume, Dwight Driver dressed as a bum, was awarded a prize. A yard- long birthday cake decorated In black cats arid witches was a conversation piece. There were 10 candles at either end, with "Happy Birthday" spelled out to the two girls. In black cats and pumpkins. Ice cream was served_with the cake. • Pitch Club Meeti . Mrs. Lona Colbert entertained members of the original four-table pitch club Thursday for luncheon. Centering -the small tables 'were miniature holders filled with tiny button, mums. Mrs. Colbert served a chicken salad plate. Guests were Mrs. Joe Cromer, Mrs. George Rains and Mrs. Hugh Allan. Following luncheon the afternoon was spent playing pitch with 1 Mrs. Tal Tongate winning the club prize! Mrs. Cramer, the guest prjae and Mrs, Ed • Bowles won low. Mrs. Meant Hostess Mrs. Searcy Mears was hostess to her Tuesday night club,' Mrs. Frank. Williams was a guest. A sandwich plate and coffee was served n't the conclusion.' Pink and while muiliamums centered the dining table and an arrangement of the same .flowes was used on the It a privilege and realize that the continuation of this poppy program is dependent on oil of us. "A simple flower,''tis trui, "But more— "A symbol of that sacrifice "Which made and kept us free." Arid' so, lest memory dim' with time, we wear a poppy for remem- «r ponriF brance. rnuur coffee table In (he living room. Caaatia Club Meet* Mrs. Maude Hudson .was hostess to her Saturday night canasta club. A salad'plate, coconut cak< and coffee was served preceding/the canasta games. Colorful fall flowers were dotted around he living room. Mr.. t»rtwri,ht H«*teu Playing with the members of'the Widows Pitch Club was Miss Blanche Cleere, when It met with Mrs. Jim Cartwright. Vivid red roses __ 'WEPKESPAT. .MOV. B, antique holders ant were prvrajent In the dlnlr* and living rooms, ™S" .^"P*"** "I* 1 where the gu«st« played. Mr», Cartwright served cherry pie topped with ice cream and wffee. The winners for the evening were Mrs. H. J, Levensteln and Mrs. Tinsley Driver. Give* Lmcheoa Mrs. Bob Gillesple was hosiers to her luncheon-canasta club at h«r home Wednesday. Following the chow-meln luncheon the members and guest, Mrs. Searcy Mears, spent the afternoon'playing canasta. Top winners were Mrs. GiUespie, Mrs. Jasper Thomason. Bronze and yellow mums were used to decorate MM. Qlllespie's home. ' Town-Country Club Meets and red verbenas were arranged In White .carnations and pom-pom- , misty IUusk>n centered the table when Mrs. Charles Lowr«3 was hostess to the Town and Coww" try Canasta Club Thursday. Shrunj, Creole held top billing on the menu.,*; All members were present with Ura. .< Searoy Mean and Hn. 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