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LETTER: Our veterans gave; now it’s your turn

To the Editor:

On Friday and today, Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars Corn Palace City Post No. 2750 and its auxiliary will hold their annual “Buddy Poppy Days.” This is a very important campaign for our organization. All money that is collected is used to help veterans and their families.

Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. It is the offi cial memorial flower of the VFW. The poppy represents the blood shed by American service members.

In 1922, the VFW conducted a campaign and got the poppies from France. Members soon discovered it took too long to get the fl owers from France, so they came up with the idea to make their own. Disabled, hospitalized and aging veterans could make the paper flowers and members could distribute them to the public.

The Buddy Poppy is distributed by VFW members and their auxiliaries in every state in the union. In recent years, a home for homeless veterans has been established in Sioux Falls. Money and clothing, both new and used, have been sent to this home. Money is sent to the State Veterans home in Hot Springs as well as clothing and books. This is a home for veterans and their spouses. Money is sent to the medical centers across the state to make the veteran a little more comfortable. We support the Transportation Program, a program where all veterans can ride the van free to medical centers for their appointments. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is made up of combat veterans, and their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters make up the Ladies Auxiliary. When you are asked to donate for a Buddy Poppy, wear it proudly. Your help will go a long way toward helping a deserving veteran. It is truly all about veterans helping veterans and living up to the VFW’s motto, “Honor the dead by helping the living.”