Buddy Poppy

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The VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents. The VFW Buddy Poppy, shown in the upper right corner of this page, has its origin from the poem “In Flander’s Field” by Col. John McCrae of Canada (see below) written during WWI. The poppy flower is the official memorial flower of the VFW of the United States.

VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled and needy veterans at VA hospitals throughout the country. These are then distributed by the VFW National organization to VFW Department (state), District. and local VFW Posts where post members and members of their Ladies Auxiliary use them to solicit contributions to support the very veterans and their families that assembled the Buddy Poppy.

For more information contact VFW Post 3377 Buddy Poppy Chairman Comrade Charlie McKinney via email or at (512) 282-5664.

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.