Monday, Memorial Day, the Hamilton American Legion and Auxiliary will gather at the Doughboy statue at the Ravalli County Museum at 8am to salute our veterans. Then, the Legion will continue the salute at the River Bridge and on to the Riverview Cemetery. After that, on to Corvallis and the Memorial Day Parade.

And there will be poppies.

Red crepe paper poppies have been springing up on people's lapels this month, as the Hamilton and Corvallis American Legion Auxiliaries observe Poppy Month.

Saturday, May 26, the Hamilton Post and Unit will be helped by Boy Scout Troup 1976 in putting poppies on the crosses to honor servicemen and women at the Riverview and Grantsdale Cemeterys.

Sunday,  the Hamilton Auxiliary will have poppies at several Hamilton churches.

Monday, the Corvallis Auxiliary will have their poppies available at the Memorial Day Parade on Corvallis' Main Street and then at the Corvallis cemetery.

The poppies are in remembrance of past wars, but especially Flanders Field and the poem "In Flanders Field." Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since 1921. Sales of the poppies support disabled and hospitalized veterans in the community.