LOCKE MILLS — American Legion Auxiliary Jackson Silver Unit 68 is pleased to announce the 2022 Poppy Girls, Lily and Madeline Lewis.

Lily is a fourth-grader at Woodstock Elementary School, and Madeline is a second-grader at Crescent Park Elementary School. They are the daughters of John and Tonya Lewis of East Bethel.

Lily and Madeline come from a long line of veterans.  Their father, John Lewis, was in the Marine Corps and served a tour in Afghanistan, earning the rank of sergeant by the end of his service.

Their grandfather, Paul Hebert, served in the United States Army. Their great-grandfather on their father’s side, John “Jack” Bates, served in the Army and was awarded a Purple Heart in World War II. One great great-grandfather on their mother’s side, Fern Miller, served in the Army during World War II.  Their other great-grandfather on their mother’s side, Herbert Dunham, served in the Army and was awarded a Purple Heart in the Korean War.

Lily and Madeline have multiple great-uncles who have served in the Armed Forces as well — Joseph Hebert, Albert Lake, Charles Howe and Dana Carstensen — all of whom fought in the Vietnam War.

Donation cans will be placed around the Greenwood and Woodstock area, including the Woodstock Town Office. Poppy donations help the American Legion Auxiliary assist veterans, military, and their families, providing comfort and care for America’s heroes.

Lily and Madeline will be joining Bethel’s Miss Poppy at the dedication of the Veterans Memorial on Main Street in Bethel at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30, and will also participate in Memorial Day activities at Jackson-Silver Post 68 in the afternoon.

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