Tomorrow members of Tom Wolfe Memorial Post 4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and its Ladies Auxiliary will collect donations to help local veterans.
The annual Buddy Poppy drive uses handmade flowers reflecting the fields of France from World War I as symbols of service. VFW members will be at the intersections of Highways 37 and 60 as well as at Fifth Street and Cleveland to collect donations.
All money donated will benefit the Relief Fund, which is used exclusively to assist local veterans with basic needs.
The VFW will also hold a memorial service at noon on Monday at the IOOF Cemetery in Monett in memory of veterans who have served their country.
Monett Mayor Jim Orr has issued a proclamation announcing the Buddy Poppy drive:
"Whereas: The annual distribution of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has been officially recognized and endorsed by governmental leaders since 1922, and
Whereas: VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans, and the proceeds of this worthy fundraising campaign are used exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, and the widows and orphans of decreased veterans, and
Whereas: The basic purpose of the annual distribution of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars is eloquently reflected in the desire to "Honor the Dead by Helping the Living," therefore
I, James Orr, mayor of the city of Monett, do hereby urge the citizens of this community to recognize the merits of this cause by contributing generously to its support through your donations for Buddy Poppies on the day set aside for the distribution of these symbols of appreciation for the sacrifices of our honored dead.
I urge all patriotic citizens to wear a Buddy Poppy as mute evidence of our gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens."