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Memorial Day Poppy Distribution: Sign up Now!

Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

In Flanders fields the poppies blow…

Poppy distribution will be conducted on Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26 at all of our usual locations:

QFC Westgate, Edmonds
QFC Mukilteo,
Fred Myer, Lynnwood (Alderwood Mall Pkwy)
Central Market, Mill Creek.

We already have a number of you signed up for shifts on one or both days, at one or more locations. Please note that we will not be at Central Market on Sunday this year, but rather on Friday and Saturday.

We ask that all of our members consider devoting at least a full day to this event, our principal fund raising event and an excellent opportunity to expose VFW to the public. Some of you may find a full day taxing, but perhaps you would consider a half day shift on each day. It is a great service to our Post and our fellow veterans and a very pleasant experience. Family and friends are welcome as well.

Our Poppy Chair, Bob Crawford, will circulate sign up sheets at the Post meeting on Wednesday, March 21 and again at the April 18 meeting. If you find you can’t make the meeting, email either Comrade Crawford, <bobcrawford33@hotmail.com>, or your Commander. <commander@vfw8870.org> and let us know your time and location preference.

Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen

Buddy Poppy Distribution

Memorial Day poppy distribution will occur on Memorial Day weekend May 26-28 at Edmonds Way and Mukilteo QFC stores, Fred Meyer at 164th & Alderwood Mall Blvd. and at Central market in Mill Creek. Poppy coordinators Bob Crawford and Jim Mc Cann will be taking sign ups for Friday and Saturday shifts, plus Sunday shifts at Central Market in Mill Creek only. Please participate. This is the major fund raiser which allows the post to support veterans and our community projects. The more people we have on hand, the more poppies we hand out and the more money we collect to benefit our Veterans. Besides, it’s fun!

At below is John McCrae’s poem ”In Flanders Fields”; the source of the poppy as the object of remembrance for the fallen.

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Poppy Distribution

Record Revenues From Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

Record Revenues From Memorial Day Poppy DistributionPost 8870 members set a new record of $14, 624 in revenues generated from Buddy Poppy distribution for Memorial Day 2016.

Members staffing QFC Mukilteo  stations led the pack by a small margin.

It was a great effort on the part of all hands participating and will give our Relief Committee a good boost for the coming months.


Chaplain Fred Apgar and Senior Vice Commander Terry Crabtree are pictured outside Central Market.

Plan Now for Coming Post Events

  • May Staff Meeting: Tues. May 2, 9:00 AM American Legion Hall, Edmonds
  • May Post Meeting: Tues. May 9, Supper at 1715, Meeting at 1800 Legion Hall
  • Memorial Day Poppy Distribution, Memorial Day Weekend – sign up with Bob Crawford
  • Independence Day Parade and Picnic, July 4 – More info in June newsletter.