Mayor and US Navy veteran, Perry Woodward, is presented with the first poppy of the annual poppy appeal fundraiser held by the American Legion Auxiliary Gilroy Unit 217 during the month of May, by poppy chairwoman, Maryann Collom on Tuesday. The month-long appeal is in support of local veterans, with money going to provide things such as clothing, meals, and transportation to doctor’s appointments. The poppy became a symbol of remembrance to honor fallen soldiers after World War One. Volunteers will be collecting donations in May at venues throughout the city. An enchilada dinner with rice, beans, salad and dessert will be served on Saturday, April 30, starting at 6 p.m. at American Legion Gilroy Post #217, 74 W 6th St, Gilroy. Tickets $10.