On April 30, Ema Poole, Miss Poppy 2016-2017 of American Legion Auxiliary Irvin Hiskey Unit #535, presented her first “poppy” to Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks who was honored to make a donation to the legion program that benefits veterans.
Banks served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972 and is also a member of the American Legion Post#535 in Bellville.
Poole, a Junior member with the Auxiliary and seventh grade student of Mount Vernon Middle School, is eligible because of great grandfather, Robert “Bob” Young, service in World War II. Additionally, he is a long time Bellville resident.
The red poppy used for the program symbolizes the blood shed protecting America’s freedom following publication of the wartime poem, “In Flanders Fields,” written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, MD while serving on the front in World War I to honor soldiers killed battle.