Memorial poppies are made of red crepe paper, by hand, by disabled veterans in hospitals and poppy workrooms in forty states. The workers receive pay for each poppy made and the materials are furnished free by the Department in the state in which the hospital is located.
More than 25,000,000 poppies are made each year by disabled veterans and distributed on the streets under the supervision of the American Legion Auxiliary by approximately 125,000 volunteer workers who receive no compensation.
Proceeds from the distribution of the poppies annually amounts to more than $2,000,000, every penny of which is devoted to Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation work by both the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. More than $300,000 is paid annually to needy and disabled servicemen and servicewoman for making the poppies.
Each year, one or two days are set aside and known as Poppy Day and the general public is given an opportunity to help with this significant work of the American Legion and Auxiliary and to pay tribute to all who have died in service, by wearing a poppy on Poppy Day. Donations are accepted by volunteers who distribute the poppies on Poppy Day.