Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Members of the VFW to offer Buddy Poppies

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 and its Ladies’ Auxiliary will offer Buddy Poppies to the community to raise funds to help veterans and their dependents. A roadblock will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at intersections throughout Huntington.

The VFW kicked off Buddy Poppy Days Wednesday evening, April 26, with Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters reading a proclamation recognizing the event and making a donation for the first plates of poppies.

Poppies have been part of the VFW tradition since 1922. Initially, real poppies were shipped from France, but it took too long for the poppies to arrive in the United States. Eventually, the organization asked disabled, hospitalized and elderly veterans to assemble paper poppies, which were packed and shipped to posts and auxiliaries throughout the country. The veterans received a payment for each poppy assembled.

Hospitalized veterans continue to assemble the poppies today. In addition to generating some income for the veterans, it also serves as physical therapy. As community members make donations for the poppies, those funds are used for programs benefitting veterans, their dependents and orphans. VFW and Auxiliary representatives will visit local businesses to offer the poppies.

The poppies will be available to community members on May 6 from members stationed at Wal-Mart, The Country Post and the Owen’s north and south stores. The poppies are also available at the VFW Post.

The photo above on the left shows Mayor Brooks Fetters as he reads the proclamation to officially start the Buddy Poppy sales in the city. Members of the VFW are shown including, from left, Rick Stell, Commander of Post 2689 Mike Harrell and Susie Draper.