With their normal selling of poppies in May to honor those that have fallen in combat the Lakeview Veterans of Foreign War Post #4070 have placed two bins to collect money at local businesses now through Memorial Day.
Tall Town Bike and Camp Owner Thom Batty approached VFW Post #4070 Commander David Swart about the idea of placing a jar to collect money in his store. Normally veterans would have set up a table around town selling poppies.
With many veterans suffering underlying health issues Swart did not want to expose them to COVID-19. Though he still wanted a way to honor veterans, their families, while at the same time protecting those that serve from exposure to the virus. With Batty on board Swart has been approaching other stores in the area, and The Dinner Bell is also collecting money.
The poppy for veterans program was originally started to honor those that fought in World War I, and was started in Europe in 1920 when the poppy was the symbol of honoring those that fell in battle. In 1921 different veteran support groups started selling the poppy to raise funds for medical care and services.
Money raised from the fundraiser stays in the Lakeview, Lake County, area, going to support relief, and other programs run by the local VFW post.
Tall Town Bike and Camp is located at 19 N. E St., Lakeview and the Dinner Bell is located at 930 S. F St., Lakeview. They will be collecting money through Memorial Day.