Local VFW post to host Veterans Day events around town

A crowd gathers at Strand Vista Park for the Veterans Day commemoration in 2012. Photo courtesy of the Veterans of of Foreign Wars Post 9934.
A crowd gathers at Strand Vista Park for the Veterans Day commemoration in 2012. Photo courtesy of the Veterans of of Foreign Wars Post 9934.

By Andrea Papagianis

The Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 will carry on a longtime organizational tradition this weekend to support state and federal veteran’s rehabilitation services.

From Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11, the local VFW will distribute the “Buddy Poppy” at locations around Dana Point and Laguna Niguel.

The VFW held its first poppy distribution just before Memorial Day in 1922. Soon thereafter, the poppy was adopted as the national organization’s official memorial flower. Today, the tradition continues. Each “Buddy Poppy” is handmade by disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals, and donations collected go back the support their recovery and veteran’s services in the community.

Volunteers will be at Ralphs (32555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point); Trader Joe’s (32351 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel) and Albertson’s (30241 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel) from morning to night this weekend, handing out “Buddy Poppies” and accepting donations.

The post and Ladies Auxiliary team up with the city of Dana Point to host a Veterans Day commemoration, on Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial at Strand Vista Park, located on Selva Road at Pacific Coast Highway.

Find out more about the local VFW by visiting, www.vfwpost9934.org.

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