Mayor signs dual proclamations
By TESA GLASS-
MT. VERNON — Mayor John Lewis sign a pair of proclamations on Nov. 7 in honor of local veterans.
A proclamation in honor of Nov. 11 as Veterans Day was signed to commemorate the First VFW Buddy Poppy in November 1922.
“I John Lewis, Mayor of the City of Mt. Vernon, proclaim Nov. 11, 2018 as Veterans Day in the City of Mt. Vernon and do hereby honor and pay special tribute to all veterans who served so nobly in defense of our nation and its flag,” the proclamation states.
A second proclamation was signed by Lewis in honor of the Buddy Poppy Salute held on Veterans Day at Times Square Mall, and to honor Buddy Poppies and Buddy Poppy Day, which was held Nov. 3.
This year VFW Post 9233 is celebrating its 27th Buddy Poppy Salute and its annual sale of Buddy Poppies.
“The annual sale of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has been officially recognized and endorsed by governmental leaders since 1922,” the proclamation states. “VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans, and the proceeds of their worthy fundraising campaign are used exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans. … The basic purpose of the annual sale of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars is eloquently reflected in the desire to ‘honor the dead by helping the living.'”