Why does the VFW sell poppies?
All proceeds from the Buddy Poppy drives are used for the aid, relief and comfort of veterans, members of the armed forces and their dependents. The Buddy Poppy represents the blood shed by American military service members and is a reminder of their sacrifices.
Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, "In Flander’s Field,” describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.
The VFW was the first veterans’ organization to adopt the poppy and develop a national distribution campaign. For more than 75 years, the VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents.
Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in VA Hospitals and domiciliaries across the country and used by VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries to compensate the veterans who assemble the poppies. Donations also provide financial assistance to maintain state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs, and to partially support the VFW National Home for veterans’ orphans and widows.
Post 7343 supports all Veterans and conducts multiple Poppy sales throughout the year.