Published on April 10th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Blythewood High JROTC supports Veterans of Foreign Wars
BLYTHEWOOD– Blythewood High School JROTC Cadets supported Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 4262 in conducting a Buddy Poppy drive Saturday, March 18. A buddy poppy is a small red flower first used at the end of World War I. The VFW uses the buddy poppy drives to raise funds to “Honor the dead by helping the living.”
The buddy poppy drive was conducted at the Wal-Mart on Killian Road and the Wal-Mart on Two Notch Road. Dressed in their Class “A” uniform, cadets handed out buddy poppy flowers to patrons and accepted donations with members of VFW Post 4262. For over 75 years the VFW have raised millions of dollars to support veterans and their families. Poppies are the official VFW memorial flower and symbolize the blood shed by fallen soldiers.
“It was kind of a new experience. I got a chance to interact with cadets I didn’t really know, as well as meet people in the community,” Cadet 2Lt Proven Tucker said. “I felt good knowing my service benefited others and for the opportunity to use my communication skills that I learned in the program to draw in donations for the buddy poppy. Overall it was pretty fun.”
Assisting the VFW provided an opportunity for the cadets to demonstrate selfless service and to earn a community service volunteer ribbon. According to John Kimson, this was one of the most successful Buddy Poppy drives for the VFW Post 4262.