Blueberry and I saw our first Ladies Aux. member of the VFW this Friday of Memorial Day weekend selling Buddy Poppies. Our little darling was born with a heart for service, so of course the second she found out they were accepting donations, she was laser focused on making a donation. We don’t often see people collecting for charity in our little piece of the world, but I was happy to see them as I think this charity is so worth supporting. A couple of things about Buddy Poppies that you may not know….
Did you know that Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled Vets, typically in VA hospitals?
Did you know that often times, these Vets are compensated for their work helping them earn at least a little cash?
Did you know that these programs also support widow and orphan programs across the US?
While some VFW units also sell these for Veterans Day, the inspiration to wear and sell Poppies for Memorial Day is often credited to Moina Michael in the early 1900’s who was inspired by the poem, “In Flanders Field”:
In Flander’s Field
by John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.
So, if you see the men and women in vests selling Poppies, please take a moment to at least stop and thank them for their service. Most of these folks are Veterans or the families of Veterans, but if you have an extra couple of dollars, please consider sharing it with them. Regardless of your view on war, I think it’s our duty to show respect and kindness to those who are willing to die to protect our right to be free, because for these folks…Freedom is never free. And if you have a Veteran in your life (and you probably do, even if you don’t know it), please give that person a handshake, a hug or a kiss. Sheldon is our resident veteran and while he is the last person to want anything for what he just considered his duty, we are still very proud of his service as a family. Thank you again to all of our Veterans and their families. We owe you everything!