The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary began providing poppies at local establishments this week and will continue through Monday, the 11th.

McDonald’s, Farm House, Sale Barn, Walmart, Dollar General, Wades and other locations will be the sites to purchase poppies. They are available as part of the “Buddy” Poppy Program and only a donation is requested. Those who make a donation are given a poppy that the Auxiliary hopes will be worn with pride, especially on Veterans Day.

Proceeds from the sale of the “Buddy” Poppies go to provide compensation to the disabled and needy veterans who assemble the poppies, provide financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and to partially support the VFW National Home for Children. For more than 90 years, the National Home has helped military and

Since World War I, the poppy has been the symbol of life and the sacrifice of our military. The use of the poppy came from a region in Belgium called Flanders which was the scene of a violent battle during World War I. Many Americans were buried with their allies in Flanders Fields. John McCrea, a soldier who was there for a funeral of a friend was struck by the row of crosses that reached as far as the eye could see that were surrounded by poppies. He wrote a poem “In Flanders Fields” that he described as a symbol of life and to honor those brave soldiers who gave their life.

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