Videographer: Ira Quillen
Lynchburg, VA - As we go into this Memorial Day weekend, soldiers were out in force Thursday at several Kroger stores in the Lynchburg area raising money to help their comrades who've been hurt.
Some folks who gave money, got a little poppy at the Kroger on Linkhorne Drive.
It's a bright red paper flower, known as the national flower of the women's auxiliary.
The tradition goes back to the 1920s.
"What the women's auxiliary does is take the money, they support the American legion as well as injured soldiers in the United States military," said Staff Sgt. Steven Hirschman, U.S. Army
The poppy fundraising drive will continue through Sunday. The soldiers will be on hand this weekend at the Hillcats games at City Stadium.