THE BUDDY POPPY
The poem In Flanders Fields, describes a battlefield of crosses dotted with red poppies. From the poem’s inception, the poppy has become known around the world as a memorial flower, a reminder of the lives lost in wartime.
The VFW was the first veterans’ organization to adopt the poppy and develop a national distribution campaign. The VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy, and aging veterans in VA hospitals and homes across the country. The costs of the Buddy Poppies provide compensation to the veterans who assemble them, financial assistance in maintaining veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans.