Buddy Poppies

Origin:
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.

It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW's 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time.

Distribution:
Buddy Poppies are distributed, free of charge, on several occasions during the year. The primary distribution is on Memorial Day, or the days preceeding, and around Veterans' Day. There is no charge for Buddy Poppies but free will donations are gratefully accepted and the donations put to good use in our community and for veterans across the country.

Post 7766 will be distributing Buddy Poppies prior to Memorial Day and Veterans' Day at several locations in the Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch areas. Watch for us and pick up your Buddy Poppy to wear proudly.



In Flander's Field
by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe.
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.