I would like to thank the Bellevue community for their generosity during our bi-annual “Buddy Poppy” fundraising drive this past Veterans Day weekend. Over the four days of our drive, I met so many visitors to the area from many countries in the British Commonwealth who also celebrate their military service members on Nov. 11. What started as Armistice Day in America and is now Veterans Day is Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth. So many generous people from the Bellevue community, our Canadian neighbors and overseas visitors greeted me and thanked me for helping them support our veterans.
Each Veterans of Foreign Wars Post has a “relief fund,” which is used to help veterans in need of assistance and we grow that fund with post events, donations from our members and from our two annual Buddy Poppy drives, the first of which is on Memorial Day weekend and the second held around Veterans Day.
Robert “Bob” Shay
Chaplain, Lake Washington Post 2995