Poppies Set to Return in Honor of Memorial Day

A field of 150 red plastic poppies was created by the Sag Harbor American Legion Auxiliary in front of the World War I memorial on Main Street. Christine Sampson photo

The Sag Harbor American Legion Chelberg & Battle Post 388 Auxiliary will bring a field of poppies back to the World War I monument in Sag Harbor for the second year in honor of local veterans in advance of Memorial Day.

Inspired by an annual project completed by the Auxiliary of the Southold Griswold-Terry-Glover American Legion Post 803, the poppies are made of reused red plastic. Last year, over 150 were planted — many donated by residents through a $20 donation in memory of or in honor of a veteran connected to their lives. JoAnn Lyles, an Auxiliary member and the mother of the late Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter, a Sag Harbor native who died over a decade ago in Ramadi, Iraq, saving the lives of dozens in the process, said she hopes this year’s fundraiser is as successful.

To purchase your own poppy, contact a member of the Auxiliary, including Ms. Lyles, or visit the Chelberg & Battle Facebook page at facebook.com/Chelberg-Battle-American-Legion-Auxiliary-Post-388-Sag-Harbor-NY-131878930201030. Orders must be placed by May 15 and poppies can be picked up as a keepsake the week after Memorial Day.