Vets Sell Handcrafted Flowers to Raise Money for Disabled Veterans
Local Veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post (VFW) 2207 are distributing Buddy Poppies at four locations in Fortuna; Ray’s Food Place, Safeway, Ace Hardware, and Grocery Outlet.
The Buddy Poppy program came in to existence around 1922 as a commemoration of those whose lives were lost during World War I. Today, it is the official flower of the VFW to commemorate Memorial Day.
It was inspired by a poem written by a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who after seeing the Red Poppies growing in the battle scarred fields of Ypres, Belgium penned the poem “In Flanders Fields”.
The Buddy Poppy Memorial Day program is an official event sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The individual poppies are hand made by disabled veterans, and all donated proceeds go to fund programs for disabled military veterans.
In Flanders Fields
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.