2020 Buddy Poppy King and Queen crowned by VFW Auxiliary


GRAFTON—The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary of Post 3081 crowned their 2020 Poppy King and Queen at a ceremony held with friends and family of the court. 

The Poppy King and Queen are recommended by the auxiliary based on veteran affiliation.  They will represent the VFW during the annual Buddy Poppy Campaign and ride in the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day parades, as well as represent the VWF Auxiliary at events throughout the year. 

This year’s Poppy King and Queen are Kamden Blair and Lydia Wood.

Kamden is the son of Caitlin ad Issac Blair, of Grafton. He is the grandson of VFW Auxiliary member Renee Taylor.

Lydia is the daughter of Shayla and Sean Wood, of Grafton.    

In their first act of duty as this year’s royalty, Blair and Wood led the Pledge of Allegiance during the Veterans Day Service that was held at the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

The red poppy became associated with those killed during war in a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, “In Flander’s Field,” describes blowing red fields among the fallen.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place; and in the sky
the larks, still bravely singing, fly, scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago, we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw, the torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die. We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, in Flanders fields.

The VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the wellbeing of their dependents. Donations support disabled veterans and those in rehabilitation and service programs, as well as the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veteran’s.

“We were honored to crown Kamden and Lydia as the 2020 Poppy Queen and King,” expressed VFW Post 3081Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson. “While this year things might be a little different, the meaning behind their titles remains the same, and we were happy to be able to carry out this long-standing tradition.”

Thompson would also like to announce that VFW Auxiliary of Post 3018 will be hosting a special event for the area’s children that will allow them to visit with Santa.

On December 12, come out to the post home, located at 225 West Main Street, Grafton, for a delicious breakfast that is sure to help usher in the Christmas Spirit.

“We will be serving grab and go breakfasts with Santa,” said Thompson. “Due to the current COVID restriction, the breakfasts will only be offered as carry outs.”

Head downtown to allow your little ones to visit with Santa before taking home a delicious and filling breakfast. The event will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m., and the cost for the breakfast is just $3.

“Make sure the kiddos get their Christmas wish lists ready, because for a donation of canned food, they can meet with the jolly old elf and have their pictures taken,” Thompson voiced. “All food collected will be donated to local charities, to help with food insecurities within our area. This is sure to be another fantastic event for the family, and we can’t wait to see you there!”

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