As the VFW’s official memorial flower, the poppy represents the blood shed by American service members. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices. It is known, for veterans in VA hospitals and in state veterans homes, every day would be VFW Buddy Poppy Day.
There are a lot of veterans in the O’Fallon area, and I would say that about 75 percent of them or their family members, do not belong to any organization. My particular organization, VFW Auxiliary Post 805, is one that is hurting for new members. They bring new ideas and talents, in addition to replacing old members that now need our support.
We need all veteran spouses, children and grandchildren that qualify for membership to take notice — young, old, men, women. As of Aug. 21, the auxiliary excitedly opened its doors for men to join as well.
Please consider joining and helping us make a difference by fighting for veterans’ issues and continuing our service to the community. We invite you to visit the VFW, 221 W. 1st St., O’Fallon on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Come meet us and see if you would like to help.
Marcia Wood, VFW Auxiliary Post 805 president, O’Fallon