To the editor:

On Friday, Aug. 7, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members will be standing at the door of many of our local businesses distributing poppies for our annual Buddy Poppy Drive.

Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after a poem written by Col. John McCrae.

The poem “In Flanders Field” describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen. It has now become a symbol of war and war torn minds and bodies. It is a symbol of sorrow, loss and remembrance. But it is also a sign of hope for survivors.

Money donated by the public to the poppy drive is used for veteran’s welfare or aiding their needy dependents. A portion also goes to the Veterans Hospital in Tomah and King, and the National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, where the care is given to widows and orphaned children of veterans. The remaining money stays within our community.

Please take this opportunity on Friday, Aug. 7 to personally show your gratitude for the sacrifices made by our veterans by generously giving from the heart and by proudly wearing your poppy.

Stacey Oakes, Buddy Poppy Drive co-chairman

VFW Post 5278

133 E. Fond du Lac St.

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