More than 200 handmade poppies were dedicated on Veterans Day at the entrance to the Solera Chandler Community Center, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. The brief ceremony included a reading of the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” written during the World War I by Canadian physician Lt. Col. John McCrae.
Solera residents made the red and yellow poppies, which were knitted, crocheted, painted, or made of fabric, and attached them to knit-covered stems. Red poppies honor those who have lost their lives and yellow poppies honor those who serve or have served our country.
Along with the poppies, the display included a sign that stated “Veterans’ Field of Poppies, to honor those who gave their lives, those who have returned and those now serving. Poppies created by Solera Chandler residents.”
Solera Chandler, a 55-plus active adult community, is home to a number of retired military personnel. As part of the program, more than 200 veterans and their guests attended a special Veterans’ Day dinner at Solera Chandler organized by the Solera Men’s Club.