SUPPORT OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL ON ACTIVE
DUTY AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Active Duty Programs
We currently are coordinating the procurement and shipping of donations of care package items to troops deployed to the Albany NY and Jones Beach NY Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination Centers.
The packages will also include some letters and drawings from the community members that helped supply to the men and women serving during this pandemic.
Donated items can be dropped off:
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Address: 51 Juniper Ave
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: (631) 724-1804
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.
On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.
Throughout the year, members of The American Legion Family distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.
Poppy Day is celebrated in countries around the world. The American Legion brought National Poppy Day® to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day, as National Poppy Day.
On May 28, wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation's uniform.
Post members normally distribute BUDDY POPPIES during the Memorial Day and Veterans Day weekends. The funds received from the donations for the BUDDY POPPIES are used to support the Post’s service fund which provides emergency services to homeless veterans and their families, and to active duty service personnel and their families.
Due to COVID-19, the distribution of the BUDDY POPPIES has been severely limited for Memorial Day, Smithtown Day, and Veterans Day.
Your donations may be submitted on this web page to avoid personal contact, and will help the Post to continue our emergency support during this time of great need by our veterans and military personnel.
YOUR SUPPORT, HOWEVER LARGE OR SMALL, WILL BE SINCERELY APPRECIATED. PLEASE HELP US BY SENDING YOUR GENEROUS DONATION.