VFW “Buddy®” Poppy Program

While not limited to Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, we have the 4th of July and Veterans Day Saturday, November 11. Let’s continue this long tradition for awareness, support and raising money to support our veterans and their families.

If you work at an office, know a retail or other location and can volunteer your time, please contact Sr. Vice Commander: Rex Brown to help!

Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, “In Flander’s Field,” describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.

For more than 75 years, the VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents.

The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans’ organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.