Buddy Poppy Program Returns

Randy Wansing - 8/17/2022

Before Memorial Day in 1922, the VFW conducted its first poppy distribution, 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, as it remains today. 

During the 1923 encampment, the National Organization decided that VFW "Buddy"® Poppies would be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with financial assistance. 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.

In February 1924, National registered the name Buddy Poppy with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting our organization all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. They made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm, or individual can legally use the name, Buddy Poppy.

Today, our Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.

The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs, and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children.
Every year our VFW Post conducts this Poppy Distribution in October.  For the past several years, we haven't been able to do it because of COVID-19.  There will be a signup sheet located in the Canteen for those members of the Post and Auxiliary that wish to participate.  I would like to give a huge thanks to Dave Snyder, who has volunteered to chair the program this year.  If there are any questions, please reach out to the Commander, Randy Wansing @ rwansing.vfw@gmail.com.  You can also reach him by phone @ 636-579-8309.