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Show your patriotism and wear a red poppy

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Letter to Canby Herald Editor John Baker from the week beginning May 8

STOCK IMAGE - Pamplin Media GroupIn the Willamette Valley, whether north or south of the state capitol, celebrating Memorial Day, preceded by its weekend, is an important climax to summer.

Even 'ClackCo' shoppers venture southward to see what new springtime treasures can be found at Woodburn's Bi-Mart store. Those uplifted browsers, during the week of May 22-27, will encounter Vie Anderson and her American Legion Auxiliary crew from Aurora Unit #110 offering them a red, paper poppy as they exit.

Anticipating the Memorial Day weekend climaxing Monday, May 29, Anderson has chaired this liaison with Bi-Mart for at least 10 years, chalking up 2016 as having the greatest number of donations.

Last century, when the U.S. World War I fallen heroes could not be returned home for burial, they were buried in Belgium's Flanders fields. Springtime saw red poppies springing up in those fields. The returning heroes vowed through a Legion to keep alive that remembrance. That's when wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters formed an Auxiliary to assist and continue this honor.

No less do Anderson and Aurora Unit 110 give thanks to Bi-Mart for their focus on patriotism. Wear a poppy to show you are grateful for this freedom.

MaryLou Burke

Aurora