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APRIL 26-MAY 2, 2002
VOL 40 NO. 19 SERVING BETHPAGE, ISLAND TREES, OLD BETHPAGE, PLAINVIEW, SEAFORD AND PLAINEDGE FORTY CENTS
A TIME TO REMEMBER OUR HEROS
MAY IS POPPY MONTH
Please look at each poppy with a special thought. It represents the face of each one who fought.
They finished a fine noble monument
in our Town the other day
It glistens bright on the village green
It's a grand and noble structure
raised by a grateful land
Yet I recall a simpler one
of steel and wood and sand
I kept my eyes on our point men He
was the first to go down
I saw how the bullets spun him
and slammed him to the ground
That night seemed to last forever
but it finally came to an end
And no longer were some strangers
each was the others best friend
I looked over at the captain and he
silently answered me
And he took my arm and nodded
then turned so I couldn't see
So I walked back to our point man
to the place where I saw him fall
For dawn had brought with
it a quiet, with the peace of God and
And I covered him with a poncho and
then to be sure he'd be found
I fixed bayonet to rifle and shoved
it in the ground
There wasn't much more anyone
could do, My tribute seemed a trifle
So I picked a battered helmet up
and placed it on the rifle.
Long years have passed since I saw
him fall that cold and frightful night
The helmet on the rifle seemed
a far more fitting shrine
For the rifle was my brother's
and the helmet it was mine.
In FLANDERS FIELDS
The Poppies Blow
Between the Crosses Row on Row
How many times have we heard and read this poem? I would like to
tell you the true story about the poppies in France and Flanders Field.
After WW I Veterans returning to their countries remembered the
wild poppies which lined the devastated battlegrounds of France and
Flanders Field. It was like a gift from God to plant these beautiful flowers
in memory of the great sacrifice our fallen heroes made for their country.
Soldiers of all nations came to look upon this flower as a living symbol of
their dead comrades' sacrifice.
The POPPY was adopted as the Memorial Flower at the first
convention of the American Legion Auxiliary in 1921.
As of now approximately 25 million Americans wear poppies in
tribute to our fallen heroes and contribute nearly two million dollars for
the rehabilitation and caring for disabled veterans.
Each poppy is made by hand by a disabled veteran in the hospital.
We pay the veteran who makes the poppy.
A R C H I E M c CORD
Unit #86 ^m0T Bethpage
PLEASE REMEMBER, THE MORE DILAPIDATED THE POPPY,
THE MORE DISABLED THE VETERAN
All monies are used for children and youth,
Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation
1st Vice President