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No poppy drive this year, but donations VFW donations accepted

Series: Coronavirus | Story 200

Last updated 5/23/2020 at 11:59am

Mike Denton

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8870 will not distribute poppies this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8870 has been forced to modify its plans to distribute poppies in the Edmonds community during the Memorial Day weekend.

The poppy drive commemorates Memorial Day, our nation's annual remembrance, which honors the memory of all the men and women who served in our nation's military and have passed away, many of whom who died while defending liberty and freedom.

VFW Post #8870 gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Edmonds community in our past drives, and we hope that we can depend on your continued support so that we can continue to address the needs of our nation's veterans.

In the past, VFW Post members and its Ladies Auxiliary have distributed poppies at local supermarkets during the weekend prior to Memorial Day.

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic gripping our nation, we have had to modify this year's Memorial Day poppy drive. Unfortunately, we will not be able to distribute the poppies in person.

Instead, we are asking members of the community to support our efforts by making a donation to VFW Post #8870 through either our website (http://vfw8870.org/) or our FaceBook page (https://bit.ly/36aCY0U).

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow" is the opening line of the poem "In Flanders Fields," written by Col. John McCrae to memorialize the men who fought and died during World War I.

Since then, the "Buddy poppy" has become recognized as the symbol of all men and women who have given their lives in the defense of our great country.

Nationwide, VFW posts have been distributing poppies to the public on Memorial Day weekend (as well as Veterans Day weekend). One hundred percent of the funds that are raised during this semiannual event are used, exclusively, to provide assistance to needy and disabled veterans and members of their families.

Services made possible through the generous donations of the public are made available to all veterans, not just members of the VFW, and your generous donations are greatly appreciated.

We are grateful for the public's continued support. If you would like to refer a veteran who is need of support to us, or if you have any questions, we urge you to contact us through social media.

Mike Denton is with Edmonds VFW Post #8870.


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