Her dedication to honoring local veterans led her to join the women's auxiliary at the Baden American Legion Post 641, where she is now leading the charge on the annual poppy fundraiser.
"The money stays in the local communities of Beaver County," she said.
Inspired by the poem "In Flanders Field," the artificial poppies are handcrafted by disabled veterans and available through the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars buddy program.
The small red poppies are worn in honor and memory of the war dead, with the red representing the color of blood spilled on the battlefield.
Donations have ranged from pocket change to $20 for a poppy. Those who aren't able to give a donation can still receive a poppy, with the hope that they will give next time.
"You still get a poppy because we want you to support the veterans," Prokop said.
Donations for poppies will be taken Saturday, May 24 Shop'n Save in Harmony, and Sunday, May 25 from 10 to 2 p.m. at Do It Best in Ambridge. Poppies will also be available Monday along the Baden Memorial Day parade route, which begins at 10:15 a.m.
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