The Earl J. Santimaw Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143 along with the Ladies Auxiliary and Mens 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 nations 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 harms way.
Connie Premo, Buddy Poppy chairwoman
Patricia Rubado, Ladies Auxiliary president
Verne K. Drew Jr., commander
Thomas Baker, Mens Auxiliary president