VFW to hold 'Buddy Poppy' fundraiser this month

Peace comes at a price that our veterans have paid on more than one occasion. Often we all take for granted what our veterans have done. The Veterans of Foreign Wars consistently strive to help our military family but also promote education and awareness in the community through Americanism, POW/MIA awareness, safety, community activities, church and Scout support, and love of our flag and country.

Bay Village VFW Post 9693 has proudly associated with Bay Village, Westlake and the West Shore community fostering a longstanding commitment of helping our veterans, their families and children.

The VFW will hold its annual iconic "Buddy Poppy" fundraising event on May 19 and May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following businesses: Java Bay Coffee Shop in Bay Village, Westlake Drug Mart, Westlake Giant Eagle and Westlake Walgreens. The poppy was selected as a symbol in honor of the famous WWI poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Please consider a donation as you patronize these stores and surrounding businesses. Our membership can only cover so much due to available resources; in essence we have in the past overlooked many critical areas in our community. Also, corporate and legal restrictions limit our efforts. Finally, technology has continued to replace cash or change, an obstacle to any related activity. 

Due to this problem, we encourage local area businesses to consider making a direct donation to the Bay Village VFW Post 9693, P.O. Box 40185, Bay Village, OH 44140. Any amount would be welcomed because it is the thought of helping our veterans that counts. Our Post has a Tax ID and any corporate donations are tax deductible. Once received, a receipt and personal ”Thank You” will be provided. 

Remember the words of Lt. Col. George Goodson of the U.S. Marine Corps: “A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including their life.’” That is the true definition of HONOR! Our local veterans join me in thanking you in advance for your support.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.02.2017