Friday, May 18, 2007

Show Patriotic Pride—Buy a Poppy! Support Your Local VFW!

A quick trip into Forest Lake this morning brought back fond childhood memories for me. Outside the local grocery store proudly stood an elderly gentleman with his VFW hat full of pins and a handful of red silk flowers. I have always loved the little poppy's given as a thank you once a year by the Veteran's collecting for VFW.

In case you have forgotten, VFW is an support organization for the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. These men fought bravely on our behalf and deserve recognition and remembrance. This particular veteran was very unassuming but I couldn't wait to walk over, donate and say "Thanks"!

Last summer as the VFW unit marched passed us in the Forest Lake 4th of July parade, my family noticed as we stood for the honor guard to pass, that the veterans are no longer grandfathers from WWII and the Korean War. Now, they are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and parents. They are our neighbors and friends. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made VFW members once again young Americans. Despite our politics, we need to support our veterans and remember their service.

So this weekend or over Memorial Day holiday, show your patriotism! Donate a few dollars and say "Thanks" to a Vet! It will really make your day!

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