Poppy Days pays tribute to vets

For those looking for a way to help honor those who have served the U.S. in combat or on the homefront, look no further than the Marietta Kroger for a bright red bundle of poppies.

Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews declared Friday and Saturday Poppy Days, as a way to pay tribute to those who have served in the military, whether they are disabled, hospitalized or gave their lives in service.

“I made a proclamation for Poppy Days when I was in office before, for about 12 years,” Matthews said. “I started it again over the last couple of years.”

For a $1 donation anyone can get a poppy and wear it to honor veterans.

The poppies are very important locally, said American Legion Post 64 Auxiliary Vice President Janet Brown.

“We provide different things for local vets with the money raised,” she said.

The biggest part of those services includes adopting a family, Brown said.

“We adopt a family every year, that is a veteran and their family,” she said. “We help with Christmas and Thanksgiving. We help with school clothes if there are children in school. We’ve also helped with utilities some.”

Brown said those shopping at Kroger saw the American Legion table from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and those who still want a poppy have Saturday from at least 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick one up.

Brown said the poppy donations usually amount to about $1,000.

Her daughter, Rebecca Hughes, 29, of Devola, and mother, Marcia Beardmore, 75, of Marietta, helped give out poppies on Friday.

We’re just glad to do it, to help out the veterans,” Beardmore said.

Matthews said it’s a great thing the community does.

“I think it’s just nice that people can recognize the veterans, especially this close to Memorial Day,” he said.