Local heroes carry on tradition, help fellow veterans
The last big decisive push of World War I was fought and won by the allies in the Meuse-Argonne Forest on Sept. 26, 1918 — otherwise known as “Argonne Day”.
At that time, the general public was enlisted by Disabled American Veterans to wage a battle for justice on behalf of the thousands of disabled veterans whose claims for government compensation had been denied.
Forget-me-nots were then offered for sale across the nation.
The Disabled American Veterans offered these little blue flowers in the hope of raising funds.
Today, local veterans like Danny Dixon, who served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970, and Joe Brush, who served in the Navy from 1967 to 1971, continue the tradition.
Veterans like Dixon and Brush can be seen outside local businesses such as Super One and Brookshire’s selling forget-me-nots for a cause.
“We do this to help veterans,” said Dixon. “Some of them — they just don’t have anybody. We buy different things for them. Sometimes it might be a fruit basket just to kind of lift them up. “Sometimes it’s gloves, socks, things they really need.”