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VFW Post 5297 honors local businesses

 

March 11, 2021

VFW Wahkiakum Post 5297 recently honored local business persons for their support of the organization's poppy sales fundraising program. L-r are Thomas Ahn, Angie's Cathlamet Chevron; Javier Sanchez, River Mile 38 Brewery Co.; Tracie Williams, VFW State Commander; Michael Kirby, Cathlamet Market; Erin Watson, Dollar General; Annie Watters, Dollar General; Stacy Lane, Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce; and Bill Tawater, Commander, VFW Wahkiakum Post 5297. Photo taken by Justin Tawater, quartermaster, VFW Wahkiakum Post 5297.

Submitted by Bill Tawater, VFW Post 5297

On March 2 at the monthly VFW Wahkiakum Post 5297 meeting, eight local businesses were recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their support in the Buddy Poppy Program.

Two businesses, the Cathlamet Market and Cathlamet Mini Mart (formerly Gragg's General Store), have been supporting the local Wahkiakum Post 5297 with in-person booths outside their businesses during Memorial Day and Veterans Day Poppy drives for several years. Last year, because of the covid-19 pandemic, the post did not have in-person booths, but eight businesses did allow Buddy Poppy donation jars. The community donated nearly $900 via the donation jars, about half of what the in-person booths took in for the previous year.

VFW State Commander Tracie Williams attended the meeting and presented two certificates of special recognition from VFW National, one to the Cathlamet Market, and the other to Cathlamet Mini Mart.

Commander Williams also presented certificates of appreciation from VFW Washington State to the eight businesses, Cathlamet Market, Dollar General, Angie's Cathlamet Chevron, River Mile 38 Brewing Co., Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, Cathlamet Mini Mart, Patty Cakes, and Cathlamet Pharmacy.

Commander Williams praised the businesses for their support for Wahkiakum Post 5297 with accomplishing its mission to help veterans and the local community.

 

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