To The Editor:

The members of VFW Post 2661 would like to thank the Krakow, Marthasville and Washington communities for your generous contributions to our recent Buddy Poppy Campaign. We also express our sincere gratitude to the business community that allowed us to use their facilities to conduct the campaign, because without your help we would not be able to collect the funds needed to help our veterans. Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped collect the donations for the program.

Since 1922 the Buddy Poppy Program has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the poppy represents the blood shed by American service members. It reiterates that the VFW will not forget their sacrifices. The poppies are assembled in various VA hospitals and state veterans homes throughout our country and sent to local posts and auxiliaries for distribution to their communities. Donations received are used to support fellow veterans and their families.

The contributions we collect go to help with our Veterans Assistant Program. It’s used for local veterans’, medical expenses, everyday needs, including utility bills, food, lodging, transportation expenses, and many other needs throughout the year. The mission of the Buddy Poppy Program is to render aid for needy veterans and their families, and provide relief and comfort for members of the armed forces of the United States of America.

As with many charitable campaigns in the Washington area, everyone continues to know the meaning of helping one another and that tradition continues each year with your support of the Buddy Poppy Program.

Thank you once again and may God bless you and your family and may God bless America.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Max W. Mueller,

Post 2661