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Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

As has been our longstanding practice, the Post will be distributing poppies on Friday and Saturday, May 24 & 25 of Memorial Day weekend. We will be at four locations: The QFC stores at Mukilteo Speedway, Edmonds Westgate & West Lynnwood (196th & 76th) and at the Fred Meyer at 164th and Alderwood Mall Blvd.(All of these locations are Kroger Co. stores and we are grateful for their support. Other notable grocery chains have turned us down in the past) 

You can sign up any time on the Post website. Sign up sheets will also be available once again at the May Post meeting. This really needs to be an “All Hands Evolution” as we say in the USN, so please step up and take a couple of shifts. We very much need more help at the West Lynnwood QFC. If you have willing friends and family, we can use all the help we can get. 

Poppy distribution is the sole source of funds for our Relief Fund and we need lots of people handing out poppies and taking money. 

It is a fun and rewarding experience to honor our fallen as we raise funds, with the added opportunity to hear donors’ stories of their own or family members’ service and share our own. 

In Flanders Fields the Poppies blow, among the crosses, row on row… 

Another Successful Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

On Friday and Saturday May 25 and 26, thirty of our VFW Post 8870 comrades distributed Buddy Poppies at four location, which included our usual presence at the QFC at Westgate in Edmonds, QFC at Mukilteo Speedway and the Fred Meyer at 164th and Alderwood Mall Blvd. We added a new location, the QFC at 196th and 76th Ave West in lieu of Central Market in Mill Creek.

Thanks to the dedicated effort of so many, we collected over $14,000 for our relief fund, which will allow us to continue our numerous efforts on the part of veterans in need and the community around us. If I may revert to my sailor persona and use a Naval term, “Bravo Zulu” to all hands.

Left to right, Commander Mike Denton, Quartermaster Dennis Peterson, Mike Reagan and Bob Little staff one of two doors at the Mukilteo Speedway QFC.


Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

Memorial Day Poppy Distribution Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered to spend the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend distributing poppies at our four locations around the area.

There is a late major change this year in that we will no longer man the Central Market in Mill Creek and instead will shift to the QFC at 196th and 76th on the Lynnwood / Edmonds line. We ask those of you who volunteered for Central Market to instead man the new QFC Lynnwood location. 

For those of you who have yet to volunteer, we can still use more help and feel free to bring family members along. We will be accepting signups at the May Post meeting or you can contact our Poppy Committee Chair, Bob CrawfordL <bobcrawford33@hotmail.com> or your commander.

Once again our locations are:

QFC Westgate, Edmonds
QFC Mukilteo Speedway
QFC 196th & 76, Lynnwood
Fred Meyer, 164th & Alderwood Mall Blvd.

We are grateful to the Kroger organization for their generous support of VFW.

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.