On behalf of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2629, we would like to express a heartfelt thank-you to all Aurora citizens who stopped over the Memorial Day weekend and donated during our poppy distribution.

The poppy is the "national flower of remembrance." It is distributed by veteran organizations in Europe, North America and in most of the countries of the British Commonwealth.

Since 1922, the VFW has conducted an annual distribution of "buddy" poppies to raise funds for its charitable programs on behalf of needy and disabled veterans, and surviving family members of deceased veterans.

When you drop a donation into a poppy canister, you have helped the children at the VFW National Home for children of deceased or disabled veterans at Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Locally, twice a year VFW Post 2629 hosts two busloads of veterans from the Louis Stokes Veterans Hospital for a dinner and bingo. These are just few examples of what your donations makes happen.

Remember, the person from whom you received your poppy is a volunteer, who appreciates the satisfaction which comes from devoting time and effort to a worthy cause.

I would also like to thank members of American Legion Post 803 for their assistance to our post in manning various locations in the distribution of the poppy.

Lastly, to all the citizens who payed tribute to our 585 deceased veterans at the main cemetery on Memorial Day. Thank you for honoring these gallant men and women.

Ken Reik, commander of Aurora VFW Post 2629