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Albany VFW hosts poppy drive

Craig Jones Craig Jones
Edwin Morales Edwin Morales
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

In honor of Veterans Day those from Albany's Veterans of Foreign War will be hosting a Buddy Poppy drive at Home Depot to help support disabled military.

The event was developed in the early 1920's and today vets continue to keep it alive.

The goal of the drive is to help veterans in rehabilitation as well as assist service programs. The poppy is the official flower of VFW in the U.S. and all those who donate to the cause receives an artificial, hand-made poppy as a reminder.

Nearly everyday we see the pride of vets in an array of forms including car decals of their military branch plastered on windows, a reminder of what was lost and accomplished. Albany VFW commander Craig Jones is an example of that, he displays his military connection proudly.

"A lot of folks don't understand that freedom was earned, it wasn't given, it was earned," Jones said.

He has dedicated 24 years to the U.S. Army. Jones says veterans day is a time to honor brave military men and women but also to let the community know who they are.

"The important thing is to have visibility in the community," Jones continued. "And the community have visibility on us, to help veterans that can't help themselves, and that's what we are all about," Jones said.

Army airborne vet Edwin Morales feels the poppy is a strong symbol of all the hard work the armed forces has endured.

"Just everything that we fought for, freedom, and happiness, it can't get any better than that," Morales said.

The drive allows to give the support to those who continue to give back.

"They're doing a beautiful job," Morales continued. "Anyone going to service will always remember it."

The event is located at the Albany Home Depot off Westover Boulevard and is set to begin at 10 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m.

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