VFW Buddy Poppy
Fund raising to help needy veterans
Poppies will be offered at area stores in Brainerd during mid-May. It is a fund raiser to help veterans in need.
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May 20, 2023: It was Armed Forces Day. Members of the Brainerd VFW and Auxuiliary were out offering Buddy Poppies to the public at local stores for donations. They were aided by volunteers, including a scout troop.
May 19, 2023: The annual Poppy Drive has started. Members of Brainerd VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary were out at local stores offering poppies for donations. All money goes to needy veterans. There are no administrative expenses. Donate and wear your proudly.
April 12, 2023: Four members gathered at the Brainerd VFW to put poppies on cards. Then volunteers take the cards to businesses who donate to the fund. This will go on until the May 19th and 20th when individual poppies will be offered at store entrances around Brainerd. Donate and wear a poppy proudly.
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May 20, 2022: Brainerd VFW and Auxiliary volunteers offered Buddy Poppies on street corners May 20 and 21, 2022. Poppy displays went to businesses which donated in May. 100% of the money goes to needy and disabled veterans. The Brainerd VFW pays the cost of materials.
Letter below is from May 2021:
Buddy Poppies are the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Donations for poppies started in 1922 to help disabled veterans. Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans in VA Hospitals.
All expenses are paid locally by the Brainerd VFW, then 100% of the money raised goes to needy veterans locally.
2019: Brainerd VFW members, including Maurey Mogensen, Dawn Garin, Bob Marsh, Tim Brastrup and Mark Persons, asked for donations from local businesses in May. In return, businesses received a display telling customers they support veterans. Mark was also heard on six local radio stations telling about the program.
In Flanders Fields 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.