BUDDY POPPY

We really enjoyed visiting with our community during our limited Poppy distribution outings for 2020. We look forward to future visits in 2021.
 

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

  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.

 
 

Our previous Poppy Drives of 2020

October 31, 2020: Poppy Drive Meadowlark Market
 
October 24, 2020 Tractor Supply Co.
 
September 26, 2020, Poppies at Depot
 
September 19, 2020 8-4, Poppy Drive Albertsons (Yellowstone)
 
July 18, 2020:  Poppy Drive at Cheyenne Safeway.

June 20, 2020:  We held our first Buddy Poppy Drive of 2020 in Downtown Cheyenne during the June 20, Summer on the Streets event. The people and guest to Cheyenne are truly the best. Thank you for your kind donations, wonderful conversations, and remembering. If we did not see you this time, we hope to see you at our next Poppy Drive. Oh and good luck to those who bought raffle tickets.
 
 

Words from the VFW National  Headquarters:

Buddy Poppy

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.

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. Show your support today. Host a Buddy Poppy drive in your town, or have your local government issue a special proclamation

Hear from those who assemble the mighty little flowers in "The Veterans Behind the Buddy Poppy" video

 

Announcements

Future Events

December 8, 2020 - Monthly Post Meeting
January 12, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting
February 9, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting 
March 9, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting: Post Officer Nominations
April 13, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting: Officer Elections
May 11, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting
June 8, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting: Officer Installation
July 13, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting 
Post Picnic/Membership Drive
August 10, 2021 - Monthly Post Meeting 
Start PP/VOD/Teacher