Volunteers with the Lyme/Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (LOL VFW) Post 1467 will be distributing ‘Buddy Poppies’ during Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5, in honor of local veterans. Donations are greatly appreciated and are used 100 percent to assist and support veterans and their families.
The ‘Buddy Poppy’ was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 1922. Poppy fields in Belgium were the site of some of the battles in World War I, and the overturned soils allowed the seeds to grow again in the fields and serve as a reminder of the blood shed during the war.
In the past two years, the LOL VFW has helped reunite a homeless veteran from Old Lyme to live with his daughter in Las Vegas, paid for heating oil to help an Air Force veteran get though the winter, paid rent for an veteran who was about to become homeless, and paid for car repairs along with many other cases of assistance.
This VFW Post may be small but its reach is far — no one does more for local veterans than the VFW.