The VFW Buddy Poppy Program

Download the History of the Buddy Poppy pamphlet by clicking here

The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children.
Hear from those who assemble these mighty little flowers in “The Veterans Behind the Buddy Poppy” video below. Also below is a video on the impact and meaning of these powerful little silk flowers.

In the World War I battlefields of Belgium, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape. How could such a pretty little flower grow wild while surrounded by death and destruction? The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, thus allowing them to grow and to forever serve as a reminder of the bloodshed during that and future wars.
The poppy movement was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian forces in 1915 before the United States entered World War I. Selling replicas of the original Flanders’ poppy originated in some of the allied countries immediately after the Armistice.
Image shows red poppies on the left and the "In Flanders Fields" poem is recited on the right.

VFW Post Chairs – Place your orders early for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any other holidays and recruiting events.

Post Buddy Poppy Chairman’s Manual

Download the Buddy Poppy Order Form

VFW Store Buddy Poppy Resources:

Buddy Poppy Story Pamphlet
Flanders Field Bookmarks
Buddy Poppy Volunteer Pins
Buddy Poppy Posters
Buddy Poppy T-shirts


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