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Buddy Poppies (Memorial Day week)
From its inception, the Buddy Poppy Program has helped the VFW live up to its motto, "to honor the dead by helping the living." The Buddy Poppy - small red flower symbolic of the blood shed in World War I by millions of Allied soldiers in defence of freedom - was originally sold to provide relief for the people of war devastated France . Later, its sale directly benefited thousands of disabled and down-and-out American veterans.For those of you who do not know, our post members take shifts at Tops in East Aurora (or other places in town) and stand/sit out front at the entrances asking people if they would like a Buddy Poppy in lieu of making a donation. I have found over the few years of doing this that people in the community are very generous with donations.We raise several thousand dollars for our VFW Post over these few days. Typically we start asking for "donations" on Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend and finish up on Sunday. Please help us and donate a hour or ten (or whatever you can). Post members seem to do shifts of about two hours. At next month's meeting, Bill Wright will have a sign-up sheet for times and dates of your availability.
Amy Gould Running Club
Amy Gould of the EA Legion has started up a "running club" based out of our post. The first run was a success. This will go for eight weeks in April and May leading up to the Buffalo Marathon. This will take place every Tuesday @ 630pm beginning April 3rd.The group is to meet at the southeast end of the parking lot by the flag poles. After talking with Amy, this event is to be a fun environment. This is not a competition. Her motivation is to get people out and moving. She will plan a 2 & 4 mile route starting and ending at the post. This is for walkers and runners, post members, family and friends. No cost. Just fun.She can be reached at email@example.com for more information.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - President Abraham Lincoln