A poem titled "In Flanders Fields” by Colonel John McCrae describes the scene of the time of war and the emotions of its actions, and honors those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms. The Buddy Poppy Program has helped the Veterans of Foreign Wars live up to its motto, "to honor the dead by helping the living.” So next time, you see a Veteran handing out poppies, donate a few dollars to the cause, thank them and shake their hand. That would also be a good time to share with them that you know the story and journey of the little red flower that came to us long ago to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes.
Over Veterans Day weekend Twenty-five members of the post and auxiliary donated nearly 150 hours and handed out more than 1,200 poppies. But our Annual Poppy Drive is more than just the numbers, it’s also raising awareness of veterans and hearing stories from grateful families who stopped by to donate and have a chat.