Delmar Events
Thursday, January 13th, 1999
 
VFW queen answers questions, recites poem
By Faith Melvin
On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Delmar VFW crowned its Buddy Poppy 2000 queen. The winner was India Elliott, a junior at Delmar Senior High School.
Four girls entered the contest that was held at the VFW Post. The judges, Mayor Doug Niblett, Mary Lee Pase and Anna Humphreys, said the decision was a tough one.
The contestants were asked to answer five questions about the history of the Buddy Poppy. They were also asked to recite the poem by Col. John McCrae, "In Flanders Fields."
The contestants were judged on knowledge of the questions, poise and their recitation of the poem.
Elliott received $400 from the post.
The other contestants, Brooks Scott and Katie Reagan, both of Seaford, and Deena Kinney of Delmar, each received $50.
The post has sponsored the Buddy Poppy Queen contest for more than 20 years.
The purpose of the contest is to educate youth in the history and importance of the VFW as well as to pay respect for those that lost their lives in foreign wars.
The girls learn that the sales from the Buddy Poppys are used to help needy veterans both locally and nationally.
The winner from the Delmar VFW will go on to compete in the district contest in Salisbury. That winner will continue on to the state and national levels.
Wyatt Winfree coordinated this year's event. Sandra Davis, senior vice president, crowned the winner and Betty Fitzgerald represented the ladies auxiliary at the competition.
The post would like to see more involvement next year and hopes that more girls will enter. To be eligible, a girl must be between the ages of 14 and 18 and must also be unmarried. The questions and answers are provided by the post as well as a copy of the poem.
Anyone who is interested for next year's competition should call the Delmar VFW Post for details.