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Poppy program helps veterans

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Veterans of Foreign War South Lake Tahoe Post 2627 members will be distributing Buddy Poppies during Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11, 12 and 13, at Safeway Bijou, Main Post Office, Raley’s at Village Center and the “Y,” and Kmart. They will also be accepting donations to support the many programs that are designed to assist all veterans and their families. This is the story of how Buddy Poppies evolved over the years.

A flower that evokes the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem, “In Flander’s Field,” written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. For more than 75 years, the VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents. Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in VA Hospitals and domiciliaries across the country and are distributed by VFW Posts and their Ladies Auxiliaries.

The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans.

Thanks to all the caring citizens of South Lake Tahoe for your donations. For more information contact Richard Hughes, commander of VFW Post 2627, at (530) 318-4121.