By dale potts
May 24, 2010, 3:18PM
Buddy Poppy DonationsÂ Go for Veteran’s Relief
VFW members will be distributing Buddy Poppies at area grocery and drug stores over Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. In Tualatin, you will see them at Fred Meyers and Haggen’s Grocery. They will also be at Wilsonville’s Lamb’s Thriftway, King City Safeway , Sherwood Walgreens and at Tigard – Fred Meyers and Walgreens.
The inspiration for Buddy Poppy distribution comes from the Poem “”In Flanders’s Fields”. The buddy poppies are made by disabled veterans at the VA White City (near Medford) domiciliary. All donations go directly to Veteran’s relief programs to benefit veterans and their families.
Memorial Day is more than a Day Off of School, Work
It is a day to honor nation’s deceased Military members
Retired Marine Lt. Colonel Norb Murray will be the featured speaker at Tualatin’s 11 am Memorial Day Service. This event is held annually at the Winona Pioneer Cemetery to honor all the veterans buried there. This year Memorial Day is on Monday, May 31. Since the events of September 11, Memorial Day also honors deceased uniformed police and fire fighters.
A Vietnam helicopter pilot, Lt Col Murray went on serve as President Reagan’s personal help pilot. He is a life member of Tualatin VFW Post 3452. Other highlights at the event include a flyover of two F-15 jets, Tualatin Police Honor Guard, and ends with a bugler playing taps.
Attending this is great way to honor a deceased family member who served in the military. Families participating find that it helps promote patriotism amongst children The ceremony lasts about a half hour. Bring lawn chairs if not able to stand that length of time. Hearing is aided by a professional sound system. If it rains, bring an umbrella.Winona Pioneer Cemetery is located on SW Tualatin Road, Southeast of the Tualatin Country Club.