Sunday, June 17, 2012
The VFW presented plaques to three local businesses in recognition of their continued support of the Buddy Poppy program, a time-honored program that supports veterans and their families, Friday afternoon.
C&R, Walmart and Moser’s give VFW members a space by the door for their Buddy Poppy drive. The program, inspired by John McCrae’s famous poem “In Flander’s Field,” started after WWI when VFW posts decided to have disabled and needy veterans assemble paper poppies. The poppies were then sold to the public, with proceeds going back to those veterans and their families.
VFW Post 2657 quartermaster Charles Williams said it was important for the VFW to recognize these businesses for helping them reach the community.
“By frequenting these establishments, I noticed awards and certificates, but never saw anything from the VFW,” said Williams. “They’ve been supporting Buddy Poppies for a long time, and they needed to be recognized.”