As Memorial Day nears, bringing warmer weather with it, we begin to make plans for family gatherings or even the first camping trip of the year, but don't forget it is also the time when poppies are distributed by members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

The Ladies Auxiliary from Everett H. Hale unit #68 in Spring Valley will be distributing poppies on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17.

The monies collected are then distributed to a variety of veterans programs here in Minnesota, The Fisher House, National Creative Arts Festival, Christmas Gift Shop, Armed Forces Service Center, Auxiliary Emergency Fund and $5.00 bill shower.

If you choose to donate money and wear a poppy, do so in remembrance of those who made the sacrifice in serving their country.