By WVUA 23 Reporter Maria Blough

<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>A local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is making sure we don’t forget veterans this holiday weekend.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Cottondale’s VFW post handed out buddy poppies to shoppers at the Winn Dixie store near McFarland Boulevard in Northport.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>“Every Veterans Day, the weekend before Veterans Day, we give out buddy poppies and ask people to wear them in support of veterans and for what the veterans have sacrificed,” said Walter Turner, the Senior Vice Commander of the VFW post in Cottondale.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Poppies became a way to commemorate veterans after World War I.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>These flowers grew in an unlikely place: on the muddy battlefields in Belgium.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Their resilience inspired a poem and became the symbol of remembrance that they are now.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>All donations collected by the VFW post while handing out poppies will benefit their veterans’ assistance program.</p>

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