Vets Sell Handcrafted Flowers to Raise Money for Disabled Veterans

Veteran William Hummel tells a customer about the program.

Veteran William Hummel tells a customer about the fundraiser. [Photo provided by Post 2207]

Press release from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2207:

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.

Veteran Curtis Lindley poses behind the American Flag.

Veteran Curtis Lindley poses behind the American Flag.

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae1872 – 1918

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.


  • An appropriate symbol for Memorial Day. Just got back from Europe last week, and though I wasn’t in Flanders the brilliant red poppies were in full bloom everywhere. (Shutterstock photo.)

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    • Tim,

      I did a quick search and I don’t see any posts about a missing white pit bull. I am sorry.

      Also, I’ve never even deleted one of your posts that I know of. I have held you for moderation just to make sure you don’t insult someone but…I’ve got my own temper issues so don’t take it too personally.

  • I know I can be an asshole but I read your site fatefully, this is why I asked you for help. I think this person in question stole this dog. I’m not smart with the internet. I took a picture of the dog and I will try and figure out how to send it to you. Thank you so very much.

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