Poppy Day donations

Online giving form for Lansing’s American Legion Auxiliary

You don’t have to wait until Poppy Day!

Lansing’s American Legion Auxiliary Edward Schultz Unit 697 will be observing Poppy Day on May 24 and 25 by distributing poppies at various locations around Lansing. You can give when you see them, or use this online form.

The Auxiliary does not yet have an online giving portal, so The Lansing Journal is helping them by providing this giving form on our website.

When you make your Poppy Day donation through the form below, your gift will be forwarded to The Lansing Journal’s account, but it will be marked for the American Legion Auxiliary. The Journal will gather these Poppy Day gifts and forward a check for the total to the Auxiliary.

About Poppy Day

Poppy Day is a visible reminder of the veterans around us and the sacrifices they made. Donations help meet the medical and financial needs of our veterans, our active-duty military personnel, and their families.

Poppy Day is observed on the Friday before Memorial Day, but the entire month of May is an opportunity to appreciate our veterans. Wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.

The red poppy is a symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.

In Flanders Fields

“‘In Flanders Fields’ is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. ‘In Flanders Fields’ was first published on December 8 of that year in the London magazine Punch. Flanders Fields is a common English name of the World War I battlefields in Belgium and France.” (Source: Wikipedia)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

–Lt. Col. John McCrae