Braden Bollin - Iowa State Winner of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest

Braden Bollin was the 2018 winner, at the state level in Class III, for the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Posters Contest.  Braden first won the local level before winning the region & advancing to state.

Bravery is defined by Merriam-Webster as the “Quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.”

Braden's inspiration for his poster came from the bravery his family members exhibited during their years in the military.   

Braden said, “I feel so proud to know my close relatives have served for their country.  They protected & served our country & its rights for years.  It is difficult for me to imagine their experiences in the military.  It must have been hard."

Gehlen Catholic K-12 Art Instructor, Mrs. Beth (Langel, ’78) Schlichte said central on Braden’s poster is the Battlefield Cross flanked on the left by the United States flag & on the right with the bald eagle carrying a poppy in its talons.  A low row of poppy flowers plus a few scattered poppies adorn the poster along with the powerful words “Remember our Veterans….they sacrificed their lives for our country.”  Braden believes the flag, bald eagle & Battlefield Cross are the great American symbols which epitomize the bravery of his grandfather, uncle & other service men & women. 

 Braden’s poster & the others created by Gehlen Catholic’s art students were on display throughout the LeMars local businesses in May of 2018.  Braden hopes others will look at his poster & take pride in our veterans & their sacrifices.  Braden also hopes his grandfather, uncle & other family members are proud of him.

 Braden concluded, “I promise to be a good citizen & a positive role model for others, just as my grandfather, uncle, our country’s service men & women are to me.” 

 National Poppy Day is May 25, 2018.  Poppy Day is designated to honor the men & women who have served/are serving in the United States (US) armed forces & fought so vigorously to keep our country free…a day to pay special tribute to the red, the white & the blue…a day to thank God for all of the freedoms with which we are so truly blessed.

 American Legion Auxiliary President, Mrs. Beth Tanhoff of LeMars, concluded, “By wearing poppies on Poppy Day, we honor every service member who died in the name of freedom. Supporting veterans for generations to come in the distribution of this memorial flower is a great opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans.”

 The American Legion Auxiliary-LeMars accepts donations for the poppies for use by local veterans.  If you would like to make a donation, please contact: Mrs. Beth Tanhoff, President, American Legion Auxiliary – LeMars; Cathy Popp – American Legion Auxiliary – LeMars Poppy Poster Contest Chair; &/or any other American Legion Auxiliary member. 


Congratulations to Gehlen Catholic's students who also earned local honors in 2018:

Braden Bollin

Michael Stegge

Brenna Bock

Shayla Dreckman

Kaden Hanks

McKenna Sitzmann


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