VFW Post 4280 gave Murdoch's an award for selling the most Buddy Poppies in Evanston, but the gratitude is surely ours. We are grateful for their service!
In Evanston, Wyoming, VFW Post 4280 is a busy group of dedicated veterans. So, when they gave Murdoch’s the VFW Poppy Award in February for helping them raise money, it made us think about who should be thanking whom.
The poppy is a widely recognized symbol of the VFW that calls attention to the sacrifices American service members make for our country. We wanted to take a moment to call attention to this program since it’s national in hopes that, if you ever get a chance to buy a poppy, you’ll know exactly how important it is. Here is a brief history of the flower’s importance and the relief these handmade treasures can bring to a veteran:
In 1922, VFW conducted a campaign and got Poppies from France. Members soon discovered it took too long to get the flowers in from France and they came up with a better idea. Disabled, hospitalized and aging veterans could make the paper flowers and ship them out to the members for distribution. And so it was known, for veterans in VA hospitals and domiciliaries and in state veterans’ homes, every day would be VFW Buddy Poppy Day. These men and women assemble the Poppies, tie them in bunches of 10 and pack them in boxes of 500, 1,000 or 2,000 for shipment to the Posts and Ladies Auxiliaries. VFW pays the disabled veteran for the work. In most cases, this extra money provides additional income for the worker to pay for the little luxuries, which make hospital life more tolerable. Furthermore, Poppy assembly is often used as a therapy program to provide exercise for fingers and hands crippled by wounds, disease and the effects of old age. (Excerpt from VFW.org)
The poppy award is given out by the VFW Post 4280 to local business in Evanston. While the Murdoch’s store there raised the most money in its community, we feel especially honored to simply be asked to partner with this group. Esmeralda Vazquez (cashier in the picture) is a huge supporter of local charities; she asked for donations from our customers and employees and led the store’s fundraising efforts.
We are proud to support our community, and we are thankful for the VFW’s good work.