Ladies Auxiliary thanks community for patriotism

American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Post 199 Muhlenburg in Woodstock has thanked the stores that allowed volunteers to use their facilities on Memorial Day.

Jessica Kolkhorst, historian and chair of the Public Relations Committee for American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary post, wrote in a release that the Ladies Auxiliary received a warm response from the community while passing out poppies, and that the volunteer organization appreciates the financial contributions as well. All poppy donations go directly to funding the rehabilitation of military veterans.

On May 27, while passing out poppies, she visited Art Laflam, who stands on an overpass in Woodstock on patriotic holidays, waving to travelers as they pass in their vehicles, horns honking in acknowledgment of his patriotic gesture.

He has been at it for more years than he can count, recently guessing he devotes 14 or 15 days each year to reminding others to remember the American flag and its meaning.

“I’d like to see more people flying the flag,” he told Kolkhorst. She gave him a poppy while volunteers from her post passed out the commemorative artificial flowers in front of Tractor Supply, Wal-Mart, Goodwill and Ben’s Diner.

Not enough Americans display the flag on their cars, Flom told her.

“It’s brought us a long way,” he said. “Fly it.”

For more information on Art Laflam, visit For more information on ALA Poppy Program, visit For more information about the Woodstock post or to become a member, visit

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