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FOR THE 96TH YEAR…. 10-18-14 LMS

This year marks the 96th anniversary of the armistice that ended the “war to end all wars.”

The formal agreement to end World War I was signed by Germany and the United States in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The following year President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day would be observed in honor of that date and in 1938 November 11th was proclaimed an annual national holiday.

A tradition connected with Veterans Day since 1924 is the wearing of the familiar, bright red Buddy Poppies. Anyone wearing a red poppy in Lemhi County is showing patriotic support specifically for the veterans of this area.

Sue Waidely is the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Poppy Chairman in Salmon and she said the local donations received for poppies are divided between the VFW Auxiliary and VFW Post 5840. She said the Buddy Poppies are the auxiliary’s only fund raiser of the year and the money stays here where it is used to help local veterans, their families and to support local youth programs. Waidely said that per capita Lemhi County has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the state so the community’s generous Buddy Poppy donations touch just about everyone who lives here.

This year the poppies will be distributed to outlets around the county during the week of November 3. They will be available all day at Saveway Market on November 8. People may obtain a Buddy Poppy on a donation basis and the bright flowers are recommended accents to parade watching apparel. A parade in honor of local and national veterans of this country’s armed forces will begin in downtown Salmon at 11AM on Tuesday November 11, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In 1954 President Eisenhower changed the name Armistice Day to Veterans Day thereby expanding the tribute to include all those who have served in the armed forces. For a few years, from 1971 to 1978, the observance fell victim to congressional convenience and was relegated to the fourth Monday of October. The outrage of veterans and citizens who understood the significance of the elevens managed to prevail and the observance was returned to its traditional and meaningful hour, date and month.

Buddy Poppies are made by disabled veterans in government hospitals and workshops. They are purchased by veterans’ organizations and used as a means to invite donations.

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