American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 members plan to pay their respects to fallen and wounded combatants by wearing red "remembrance" poppies on Memorial Day, which is May 27.

The group is joining other American Legion Auxiliaries nationwide, which include 900,000 members, in the observance gesture.

“(We) wear it in honor of those Americans who willingly served our nation in times of war and conflict and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Onita Davis, president of Oro Valley Unit 132, said in a press release.

“In addition to honoring our fallen heroes, members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be paying special tribute to those currently serving in, or recently returned from the Middle East.”

Poppies became a symbol of war when they grew on Belgian battlefields during World War I.

Oro Valley Unit 132 will distribute Poppies May 24, 25, and 26, 2013, at Wal-Mart, Oro Valley Marketplace, 2150 E. Tangerine Road and Fry’s, 10661 N. Oracle Road. On May 15 at the Oro Valley Town Council meeting,  Mayor Satish Hiremath present the Unit with a proclamation, designating May 24-26 as Oro Valley American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days.