Saturday will be Poppy Day in Minot when American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar red handcrafted poppies honoring America's war dead.
After World War I the poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represents the hope that none have died in vain.
The poppies will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Minot grocery stores and Walmart. Donations will be accepted.
Poppies that will be distributed in Minot were handmade by veterans residing in the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon.
The American Legion Auxiliary provides materials and volunteer assistance to veterans for making the poppies. The veterans are paid a small amount for each flower made.
The memorial poppy is never sold, but donations are accepted. All monies received are used to assist veterans.
Some monies received as contributions for poppies were used as a donation to the Wounded Warriors Fund. Money was also used to purchase 2,400 American flags given to the city to be placed on graves of veterans at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot for Memorial Day.
Also on Saturday at 9 a.m., flags will be placed next to the markers of veterans in the Veterans Plots in Rosehill Memorial Park. All volunteers can participate.