By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Marlborough – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), local chapter 82 of Marlborough, will be outside of local stores in the city throughout the next few weeks collecting donations for local veterans in need as part of its annual “Forget-Me-Not” fundraiser.
The first national drive was held in 1926, as a way to raise funds for services and assistance for veterans of WWI.
Those who donate to the cause receive a small blue artificial flower, which is a symbol of remembrance for not only those who have given their lives in the service of their country, but for those who have returned as well.
According to DAV.org, “the idea of selling the little blue flowers came from an image carried home in the memories of soldiers from the First World War who had seen spring flowers growing on the graves of comrades and allies killed in the fighting.”
Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Page is one of the local DAV members organizing the fundraiser in Marlborough.
“Every cent collected goes back to help local veterans,” he said. “In past years, people have been so generous. We usually raise about $10,000-$15,000 each year.”
For more information on the Marlborough chapter visit davmarlborough.org or call Page at 508-481-2476.