New Buddy Poppy Child Spencer made his debut at the 2012 VFW National Convention, where he shared with the crowd what living at the National Home has meant for him and his family.
“I am thankful to be part of such a friendly community and for the trips and activities I get to do,” said Spencer. “I like living at the National Home because it is a fun, peaceful place, and you know you can trust the people around you.”
Some of his favorite things about life at the National Home are State Days, the annual Cedar Point trip, hosted by VFW Post #2529 in Sandusky, Ohio, and the Military Order of the Cootie Grand of Michigan, and being part of the National Home’s 4-H club, the VFW Dynamos, where he got to raise and show his pig, Sloppy Joe, at the Eaton County Fair. He is also a member of the 2012 Patriot’s Chorus.
Last fall, Spencer was one of the residents chosen to travel to New York City to celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday with the Ladies Auxiliary, under the leadership of then-President Gwen Rankin. It was a trip he would not soon forget.
“I am so lucky to be able to see this as a 10-year-old kid,” he exclaimed after his first sighting of the famous Statue. “Most people will never get to see this in their lifetime!”
Spencer is 11 years old and will enter sixth grade when school starts up again in September. He lives in the Georgia House with his mom and two brothers.