Edmonds VFW raises more than $13,000 for Veterans Day

By Mike Denton | Nov 19, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Members of Edmonds’ VFW Post 8870 distributed Buddy Poppies over the weekend at QFC in Westgate. Pictured are, from left, Air Force veteran Les Abel, Air Force veteran Dick Cassutt, and Marine sniper John Shelton. The VFW has distributed the poppies since 1922. To make a donation anytime, go to vfw8870.org.

In cities and towns around the country, this past Veterans Day was observed with parades, gatherings in public squares, speeches, and patriotic songs.

Veterans participate in assemblies at our local schools, speaking about their time in the service and what it means to be a veteran.

The members of Edmonds Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 ad another element to this observance.

Nearly 30 Edmonds and Mukilteo veterans offered most of two days of their time, at four supermarket locations in Edmonds, Mukilteo and Lynnwood, (something in the nature of 250 hours) distributing VFW Buddy Poppies to residents, asking them to wear the poppy to remember their comrades who fell in combat.

Many fellow citizens offer a “thank you for your service” in response, and reach in their pockets for a few dollars to help support our efforts.

Many of us, even those who have not served in uniform, have family members who have served in this and past generations.

The stories of those family members’ service are often shared with participating veterans, are wonderful to hear, and make the effort seem worthwhile in and of themselves.

While VFW never sells a Buddy Poppy, donation cans are located at each location for freewill offerings. Proceeds of those offerings make up the bulk of Post 8870’s Veterans Relief Fund, allowing our ongoing veterans support efforts to continue.

Over this past weekend, generous residents donated over $13,000 to this cause. All money donated is used for veterans support and community service efforts.

Post 8870 is grateful to our local QFC and Fred Meyer stores and their staff for the use of their facilities.

If you don’t know the story of the Buddy Poppy, it arises from a poem titled “In Flanders Fields,” written by Col. John MacCrae, a World War I Canadian. It begins: “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place …”

The poem is easily found online, or ask a local VFW member for a copy.

Never forget.

Mike Denton is a member of VFW Post 8870.

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