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Good Monday morning to you!

If you were out and about in stores last Friday or Saturday, you likely saw people distributing red poppies. Maybe you wondered why. Well, members of The American Legion Family distribute these red poppies each year and request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.

Why a red poppy? The story goes that the red poppy symbolizes the blood shed during battle. It was inspired by the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields,” which was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae while serving on the front lines. On Sept. 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion Family to memorialize soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

My father, a veteran of the Korean War, made it a point to donate for these poppies every year and hand them out to family and friends, including me. Most years, after Memorial Day, he would pin one to the sun visor in his car as a continual reminder of those who served and died for our country.

If you wore a poppy and gave a donation, I thank you on behalf of the American Legion and veterans everywhere. Admittedly, I have not been as diligent about seeking these out each year as Dad was, but I did this year and will continue the tradition from this point forward. In fact, starting tomorrow, you will even find one pinned on the sun visor in my truck.

Enjoy your Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Flag traditions for Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, in traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff at sunrise and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

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The Scene

Des Moines has a new vibe! CUMULUS MEDIA announced that Des Moines radio station KWQW-FM launched May 28 as The New 98.3 The Vibe, claiming that the Mainstream Contemporary Hit Radio station is “a customized hit music station that matches the young Des Moines market’s lifestyle with today’s biggest hits.” KWQW-FM was previously programmed as a Classic Hip Hop station.

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The Score
Indianapolis 500: Helio Castroneves wins Indianapolis 500 for 4th time. The Brazilian joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners.
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (9-13) dropped all six games to the St. Paul Saints (13-11) after losing the series finale 7-3, Sunday at Principal Park. READ MORE...
MLB: Royals 6 Twins 3, White Sox 3 Orioles 1, Reds 5 Cubs 1 READ MORE...
Barnstormers: Iowa Barnstormers (2-1) forced ahead to beat the Bismarck Bucks (3-2) at Wells Fargo Arena 49-42 on May 29. READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Brunch/Breakfast
1. Waveland Cafe
2. Americana
3. Eggs & Jam


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O’Connor helps local dog rescue:
Eagle Scout project provides pergola for play area.
By Rachel Harrington

Berklee O’Connor began working on his final rank in the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, in early 2019. First he had to determine ideas for the Eagle Scout project he’d like to do.

“I needed to figure out if I wanted to help people in need or animals in need,” he explains. “I chose animals because I figured there would be a greater variety of needs that I could choose from.”

He began researching shelters and came across Second Chance Dog Rescue of Iowa. He contacted the rescue to ask if they wanted to meet up with him or take a call to determine if there were any projects they needed help with.
“At first, they didn’t have much they needed help with,” says Berklee. “They have had Eagle Scouts help them before, so they helped me figure out something that I could do that would be approved by the Scout board.”


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Discover Madison County

Looking for a great day trip? Considering a possible move? Just wanting to know more about central Iowa? Read the digital copy of Discover Madison County. This guide of helpful information for living in Madison County is one of many special magazines published by Big Green Umbrella Media. See the online edition at the link below then plan a trip to see the treasures of Madison County!

Discover Madison County
Things To Do

Monday, May 31
⇛Art exhibit: “From the Land: Iowa Landscapes”
At: Artisan Gallery 218, Historic Valley Junction, 218 Fifth St., West Des Moines
Info: “From the Land: Iowa Landscapes” at Artisan Gallery 218 presents its annual landscape show through June 5. www.artisangallery218.com

AT LEFT: John Evans, Rural Rollercoaster 20x24 Framed, is one of the works on display and for sale.


In honor of those who died while serving our country. — Photo by Tammy Pearson

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Waukee Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue features residents who are passionate about golfing  — as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:  Clint Eastwood, Brooke Shields, Colin Farrell, Lea Thompson, Walt Whitman, Joe Namatha, Jordy Nelson

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Which is not really a sport?

Auto racing

Would you buy a used mattress?

Yes - 6%

No - 88%

Unsure - 6%

Morning Chuckle
How do you make a pancake smile?
YOU BUTTER IT UP! Judy Anderson got it!

Why was Pavlov’s hair so soft?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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