A great night was had by all that went to Rudi’s “Salute to Veterans” Thanks to Mike and the Staff there, the post was able to raise money for our upcoming annual programs, like student scholarship programs, support for veteran related programs, and post programs.
Thanks to Past County Commander George Barrett, Past Commander Scott McKendrick and Guard Peter Palamidis for coming out.
The push goes on in an attempt to build the Worlds Largest Pyramid of Scott’s TP during the July 19th Alive After Five. Thanks to the efforts of Meat Farms on 112, we were able to get customers who were shopping to donate another 1700 rolls of TP for the event.
The Latest order of Stones for Lights on Veterans has come in and are ready to be placed. This order of stones includes a stone for the post, George Egan, Hal O’Neil, Jim Shine, Rob Parente, and Henry Jantz.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2913 held another Coffee with a Veteran at Roast Coffee and Tea. These events are very welcomed by the local community. It gives the post a chance to get out and members to share stories about their time in the service with Patchogue Residents and visitors. Some of our best supporters from the Village love to come out and share this time with us. Like Susan Brinkman (Village Trustee)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2913 has a new Eagle Scout Project starting. We will be turning the old collection area which has not been used in some time to a Museum. We are currently looking for donations of military paraphernalia and a display case for the museum. Thank you to Pete Palamidis Family who donated a standup cabinet, now we are looking for a flat display case.
The day started off with Incoming Sr. Vice Commander Scott McKendrick doing Buddy Poppies at Angelo Sorto, Neighborhood Deli of Bayport. Than members of VFW Post 2913, American Legion Post 269, and AMVets Post 111 laying flags at Cedar Grove, Waverly Ave, Lakeview and Catholic Cemeteries in Patchogue. Incoming Commander Dave Rogers stopped by Swezey’s Fuel 100 Year Anniversary. Than Incoming Sr. Vice Commander Scott McKendrick and Incoming Commander Dave Rogers went out to push more Buddy Poppies. Overall a busy and productive day. Even the Pat-Med Library got involved with Memorial Day, doing Buddy Poppy related Art with Kids and teaching them about Memorial Day.
It is important to remember that Buddy Poppies are a special fundraiser for the VFW, but also provides jobs to disabled veterans. Buddy Poppy started in 1922, and the poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.
The program is designed to help veterans and their families in need, and provide assistance to the VFW National Home For Children.. But more than that, buddy poppies are assembled by disabled veterans and those in recovery programs at VA facilities that have no other source of income.
None of the money raised goes to the post, all money from the buddy poppy program goes directly to veterans in need and the National Home. While Buddy Poppies are a year round program, it is pushed the most during the month of May, when we remember those that gave so much for this country.
This month so far Quartermaster George Barrett, Incoming Commander Dave Rogers and Incoming Jr. Vice Commander Jeff Molitor have gone out to distribute Buddy Poppy around Patchogue. Thanks to their dedication VFW Post 2913 has been able to raise close to 700.00 so far this year in our efforts to help veterans and their families.
If you are a member of the VFW it is important that you help support this program by getting out and distributing buddy poppies.
Incoming Jr Vice Commander Jeff Molitor gave away about 200 Buddy Poppies today at ShopRight in Patchogue
Dr. Brooks son donated 10 bags of clothing and shoes for homeless veterans which the post gave to United Veterans Beacon House. We are proud to support their program.