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VFW Post 4174: Why a poppy?

By Submitted by Pat Whitehall - | Jun 28, 2021

When you enter our dining room at the Lehigh Acres VFW Post 4174, you will see a canister on each table sporting some pretty red flowers. The flowers are poppies, which are the official flower to honor the fallen and support the living. The focus on the poppy began after the death and destruction which was part of World War I when beautiful, bright red poppies began to flourish in the soils of France and Belgium. It became the symbol of the blood which was shed during battle following publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.”

The Auxiliary distributes poppies each year in exchange for donations to support the future of veterans, active duty personnel and their families with medical and financial needs. Because of the pandemic, last year’s distributions weren’t as prosperous as previous years because of the many restrictions on socializing.

It’s true that Poppy Day is Memorial Day and also Veterans Day, but we have found that we needed to be more creative with poppy distribution, hence the table decorations. We have also used many poppies in making wreaths to decorate the services of a fallen Veteran. Every little drop in the “bucket” or rather, canister, is a much appreciated donation and we are always in need of assistance for our veterans.

The funds from the poppies can be used for the rehabilitation of veterans honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces after April 6, 1917. They are also used for the welfare of the families of veterans of the aforementioned period. Also covered is the rehabilitation of hospitalized military service personnel returning home and awaiting discharge who require treatment in service hospitals.

The funds are also used for the welfare of veterans, active military personnel and the families of veterans and active military personnel who fall under the above mentioned period where financial and medical need is evident.

To thank our veterans, drop in for a meal with us at 25 Homestead Road, slip a bit of change in the canister, enjoy your food and wear the poppy you purchased with pride. After all, our veterans served us with pride and we should find a way to thank them!