To volunteer to distribute Poppies this year at the Wake Forest WalMart, click here.
To volunteer at the Louisburg WalMart, click here.
Before Memorial Day in 1922, we conducted our 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 our 1923 encampment, we 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, we 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. We've 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. Hear from those who assemble the mighty little flowers in the "Veterans Behind the Buddy Poppy" video.
Look for VFW Post 8466 members and volunteers distributing Poppies at Town events in Wake Forest and the surrounding area. But especially look for us at the Wal-Marts in Wake Forest and Louisburg each weekend in May, leading up to Memorial Day. Please accept the "Buddy"® Poppies with our compliments. We only ask that you wear them proudly to demonstrate that you remember those who gave their lives in service to our Country and to protect our Freedoms. Of course, we are happy to accept any donation that you would care to make so that we can continue our mission to provide and care for disabled and needy Veterans in our local area.