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Posted: October 30, 2012 9:36 p.m.

Mayor declares Poppy Day Nov. 10

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a proclamation early Tuesday morning that declares Nov. 10 "Poppy Day," and asks residents to pay tribute to veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by wearing a memorial poppy. Poppies have been used since 1920 to honor soldiers who have died in war. The idea to use a poppy as a remembrance symbol was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Field" and was first used by the American Legion.

Local American Legion Auxiliary Unit 32 will hand out crepe poppies made by disabled veterans like the one shown above on Nov. 10 at the Covington Kmart and Walmart. The Auxiliary is asking for donations in exchange for the poppies. (Pictured from left) Marcia Floyd, American Legion Poppy chairperson, Mayor Ronnie Johnston and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 32 president Barbara Luker.

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