Students sell poppies for veterans
May 22, 2008
May is “Poppy Month” for veterans.
This year, two young ladies are running for American Legion Auxiliary South Tahoe Unit 795’s Poppy Princess. This is the first year of the contest, and the girls earn the title by selling poppies throughout the month for the VFW.
Cassie Marie Reed is 8 1/2 years old and is in the second grade at Tahoe Valley Elementary. Her great-grandfather was a World War II veteran, and her grandfather a Vietnam War veteran. Cassie’s hobbies include dancing with Miss Marcia’s studio, hiking and bike-riding. She also enjoys being a big sister to her little sister, Breanna.
Carleigh Milam is 12 years old and is in the sixth grade at South Tahoe Middle School. Her grandfather is a Vietnam War veteran. Carleigh’s hobbies include word searches, playing on the computer and talking on her cell phone.
The red poppies are made by disabled servicemen. Wearing the memorial poppy is a way to honor the dead while helping the living with donations. This has been a memorial symbol since 1920, after World War I.