Miss Poppy of Unit 376
Miss Poppy Allison Beckwith, in 2013, at the NYS Veterans' Home at Oxford, NY, with the Fort Hill American Legion Color Guard / Rifle Squad of Post 376 on Memorial Day. The veterans are (L to R) Bruce Wackford, John Sherman, Fred Baker, and Vic Hammond.
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 and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies, mostly handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation, are distributed in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. Having a poppy representative was our way to help promote this important program.
Miss Poppy participants must be between six and eighteen years of age, be a Junior member in good standing in our ALA unit, and promote the poppy. Selection of Miss Poppy is at the discretion of the Unit. There is no specific dress code for Miss Poppy but as you can see, our Miss Poppys have looked very patriotic.
Poppy Committee Chairmen: Terrill Sutton and Julie Blanford
Unit 376's first MISS POPPY, Allison Beckwith, was in the 2013 Village of Oxford's Memorial
Day Parade. This Junior Auxiliary member wore a satin sash and a garland
of red paper poppies. She also wore a personal medal that was awarded her
great-grandfather, Robert Carey, from WWII. Allison, a wonderful singer, performed the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Riverview Cemetery.
Our second, 2014 MISS POPPY was Lacey Marie Hathaway. Lacey is the great-grandaughter of WWII veteran Richard
Charles. She wore the sash and rode in a convertable in the 2014 Memorial Day Parade.
Our third and fourth, 2015-2016 MISS POPPY was Brienne
Paige Charles, a Junior ALA member since birth. Brie, Lacey's sister, is also the great-grandaughter of WWII veteran Richard
2017 & 2018 honorees were a pair of MISS POPPYs- Jillian and
Jocelyn Finch (pictured at right). These two sisters are both Junior ALA members who carry on a
great legacy in the American Legion. They are great-granddaughters of
the late Auxiliary leader Sarah "Sally" Finch (well known today for the
Finch Book and Education Fund), as well as their late great grandfathers:
Floyd L. Finch and William H. Ballin, both veterans of WWII. They have
a lot to be proud of!
We of Unit 376 are very proud of our Junior members who represented us, with pride and diplomacy, as well as helping to promote the Memorial Poppies. Thank you all, ladies!