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City mayor offers proclamation for National Poppy Day on Friday

On behalf of Dunkirk American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has declared Friday as National Poppy Day.

The Legion auxiliary unit annually sells red poppies around Memorial Day as a fundraiser, and the proclamation is meant to support the sales. It reads:

“Whereas, the red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and represented the hope that none had died in vain;

And whereas, the Dunkirk American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62 has pledged to remind Americans each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered;

And whereas, the Auxiliary will have poppies available to purchase at various locations throughout the city on May 27, 28 and 29, and citizens are encouraged to donate to this most worthy cause and to wear a poppy to honor and remember the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms; And whereas, all donations received will be used by the American Legion organization for their programs that support veterans, the military community and their families;

Now, therefore, I, Wilfred Rosas, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Dunkirk, New York, and on behalf of the Dunkirk Common Council and all residents, do hereby proclaim Friday, May 27, 2022, as National Poppy Day in Dunkirk, urging all residents and visitors to join in observing this day to honor every service member who has died in the name of liberty, freedom and democracy while also showing their support for living veterans, service members and their families.”

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