Buddy Poppy Campaign Will Benefit Needy Veterans
For the City Times
Members of Plover Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10262 and its Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies at Stevens Point and Plover area businesses throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 27.
According to Post Commander Joseph Cahill, VFW bylaws state that the proceeds from poppy distributions must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
“What better way to help our veterans in the community than by distributing this little flower of remembrance,” Cahill said. “We encourage everyone in town to stop at local businesses and get a Buddy Poppy to help honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
In 1923, VFW became the first veteran’s organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of poppies, which are assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans.
More than 14 million poppies are assembled today and the VFW and Auxiliary members raise more than $15 million annually from the distributions.