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National Poppy Day®

May 24

May 24 is National Poppy Day®. It is a day that was founded by the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) in 1920 to show support for families of fallen soldiers as well as living veterans. According to the ALA, the poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of soldiers after World War I, when poppies flourished in Europe

There are many ways individuals and groups can help bring greater awareness to this symbolic flower, honor our fallen and support the living heroes on National Poppy Day®.

Anyone can participate in National Poppy Day®. Here are a few simple ways:

  • Wear a red poppy all day and tell everyone why.
  • Distribute poppies to friends, co-workers and family and tell everyone why.
  • Collect donations at your workplace to give to the Poppy Program. CLICK TO BUY A COLLECTION CAN
  • Tell the story on Facebook of who you are wearing your poppy to remember or support on National Poppy Day®. Don’t forget to tag us! #PoppyDay #LegionFamily
  • Accept a poppy and make a donation if you see a member of The American Legion Family in your neighborhood distributing poppies.



  • Communications Toolkit
    Raise awareness and increase participation in your post, unit and community.
  • Logos
    Downloadable, high-resolution National Poppy Day® logos in different formats.
  • Print Ads
    Downloadable full, half and quarter page ads.
  • Poster
    Downloadable National Poppy Day® poster.
  • Banners
    Downloadable National Poppy Day® banners.


May 24