The American Legion's annual poppy project is underway to raise money for a good cause.
The American Legion adopted the poppy as their national symbol in the 1920s. This week has been named poppy week, so all week long, volunteers will be out taking free-will donations for the flowers. All of the proceeds go to veterans and any help or services they may need.
"We're hoping that you can help us and join in and support our project for the veterans, because they have put so much into our country and for us and they deserve recognition," said Penny Marburger, President of the Ottumwa American Legion.
The American Legion also has poppy plates made and with a free-will donation, you can put the name of a veteran on the plate, which will be hung around the American Legion building on Main Street.
Volunteers will also be distributing poppy wreaths in all the Ottumwa cemeteries.
You can donate to the project by buying a poppy at any of the food stores in Ottumwa.
You can also stop by the American Legion all week and purchase one there. For any questions, contact the American Legion at 641-682-5232.