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VFW to hold Buddy Poppy Drive May 1-3

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The Earl J. Santimaw Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143 along with the Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary will be conducting their 2014-2015 Buddy Poppy Drive at businesses in Massena on May 1, May 2 and May 3 until 2 p.m.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was the first veterans organization to promote a national organized campaign for the annual distribution of poppies assembled by disabled and needy veterans.

The VFW evolved the idea, which resulted in the VFW Buddy Poppy in 1923 fashioned by disabled and needy veterans who were paid for their work as a practical means of providing assistance for these comrades.

Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in VA hospitals and domiciles across the country.

The majority of proceeds derived from each sale conducted by VFW posts and their ladies auxiliaries is retained locally to provide for veteran services and welfare.

The minimal cost of the Buddy Poppies to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assembled the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation service programs and partially supports the VFW National House for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans.

Buddy Poppy proceeds stand to profit any VFW unit.

All the money contributed by the public for Buddy Poppies is used in the cause of veterans’ welfare or for the well-being of their needy dependents and the orphans of veterans.

We thank you for your support on this weekend.

Wear your poppy proudly, and please remember our veterans who are in harm’s way.

Connie Premo, Buddy Poppy chairwoman

Patricia Rubado, Ladies Auxiliary president

Verne K. Drew Jr., commander

Thomas Baker, Men’s Auxiliary president

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