Tuff Butt Classic – Tough Enuff to Help Veterans
The Tuff Butt Classic is an annual motorcycle ride event in Central Oregon sponsored by VFW Post 4108. Visit the new website at http://www.tuffbuttclassic.org/ for updates as they become available.
Please check-out our Wreaths Across America page and click “Donate Wreaths” to place a wreath on a veterans grave on December 17. ALSO, please share this page with your friends, so we can get closer to our goal of coverage every veteran grave in the United States. Thank you so much for supporting this wonderful cause. Wreaths Across America.
Tank Fund: VFW Post 4108 is fundraising to offset expenses for bring an M60 tank to our post. For $100, you can have a name plaque made that will be placed on a display by the tank. Donations can be made at the VFW Post 4108 Canteen, 1836 SW Veteran’s Way, Redmond, Oregon. Checks can be mailed to VFW Post 4108, P.O. Box 1685, Redmond, Oregon 97756. Please make check out to “VFW Post 4108” and designate “Tank Fund” on the check. If you have any questions contact the Post Canteen at 541-548-4108.
Our Post distributes Buddy Poppy’s on Memorial Day weekend. Look for our volunteers outside Fred Meyer’s, Walmart and Logan’s on May 27-29. Buddy Poppy’s are never sold, they are a thank you for your donation. Stop by our volunteer tables and donate to help veterans in our area.
Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, “In Flander’s Field,” describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen. For more than 75 years, the VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents. The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans’ organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW’s 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation “Buddy Poppy” was adopted at that time. In February 1924, the VFW registered the name “Buddy Poppy” with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name “Buddy” Poppy. Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals. The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans