May 25, 2017

Local memorial poppy distribution on Memorial Day weekend

From Veterans of Foreign Wars, 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy Distribution

Buddy Poppies are replicas of the red poppies from the poem, “In Flanders Fields” written by Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian forces before the United States entered WWI. 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars have been conducting organized distributions of the Poppies since 1923. The poppies are assembled by hospitalized veterans in White City, OR who are paid a nominal amount, then purchased by VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries, and finally distributed as gifts on Memorial Day weekend. 

The red poppy symbolizes the blood shed by veterans of every war or conflict. The donations received for poppies go to the VFW’s and Auxiliaries’ Relief Funds and aid local veterans and their families in need and certain youth programs in our community. The ongoing deployment of troops continues to create a significant demand for relief funds. 

This year’s distribution in Redmond will be at Fred Meyers, Wal-Mart, and Safeway on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from approximately 9 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. all three days 5/26, 5/27, and 5/28. The Redmond High Marine Corps JROTC will be assisting the VFW. Questions please call Dennis and Dianne Guthrie 541-280- 5162.

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