Letter: Poppy Awareness Days thanks

To the Editor:

Thank you, from the Yorkville American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 489 to our wonderful community for their contributions to the success of the Poppy Awareness Days in Yorkville on May 10-16, 2021.

A big “Thank-You” to Jewel-Osco and Walgreens for allowing us to distribute poppies in remembrance of our veterans, in exchange for donations, outside of their businesses. Also to Grace Coffee & Wine and Paradise Car Wash for agreeing to allow distribution if we had more volunteers to cover those locations. We appreciate the cooperation from our fine local establishments.

We also express our sincere appreciation to the businesses that allowed us to place donation cans in their businesses: Ace Hardware, Anytime Fitness, Bella Tressa Hair Salon, Brenart Eye Clinic, Burnt Barrel, Casey’s, First National Bank of Omaha, Cornish Chiropractic, Culvers, FIT Corporation, Grace; Harmony Esthetics, Heartland School, Holiday Inn Express, Kennedy Pointe, Lakeview Grille, the Yorkville Moose Lodge, Old Second Bank Main Bank & Drive-up, Rosati’s Pizza, Rowdy’s, Silver Dollars, Silver Fox, Smokey’s, Southern Belle’s, Sunfields, UPS Store, Yorkville Auto Body and Yorkville National Bank/Ottawa.

Thank you to the Kendall County Record for helping us raise awareness in the community. A big thanks to Yorkville Cub Scout Pack 350, Boy Scout Troop 40, Yorkville American Legion, SAL, Riders and Legion Auxiliary members and their family members, as well as community volunteers for manning the stations outside the businesses distributing the poppies and collecting donations. Thank you also to Fred Davis of Four Seasons Landscaping for sponsoring an ice cream party at Smokey’s for our Scout members who assisted in distribution. Fine work boys! We appreciate you volunteering your time for this important cause.

The American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies as part of our longstanding mission to honor the fallen and support veterans. Wear your poppy as a sign of support for those who willingly served our nation and protected our freedom. The Flanders Field poppy has become an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain.

Thank you to a very generous and supportive community. All poppy fundraising proceeds go to the rehabilitation of our veterans and their families.

Joanne Leibold

Yorkville Poppy Days chairman 2021