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
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
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.