Veterans Day and the buddy poppy

Working to support their veterans, Rena Dominguez, Lisa Poteat Johnson, Rose Hogagland, Pam Wozniak and Marilyn Spieds of VFW Post 9907 in Show Low spent two hours of laughter and enjoyment while putting together 140 buddy poppy boutonnieres for Veterans Day.

SHOW LOW — Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. It is the VFW’s official memorial flower. Veterans Day and Memorial Day are two of the major days it is distributed.

The Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices.

The official Buddy Poppy Chairman’s Guide states, “Distribution of Buddy Poppies should be included in every post, district or department activity or anything in which you participate. Membership drives, patriotic events, even bingo should include distribution of our favorite flower.”

Buddy Poppies are not sold, but distributed. It is customary for those receiving one to offer a donation, but no one is denied a poppy if they are not able to contribute.

Five ladies of VFW Post 9907 spent two hours of enjoyment putting 140 Buddy Poppy boutonnieres together for Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11.

The tag on the Buddy Poppy says to “Wear it Proudly.”

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Barbara Bruce is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering arts and entertainment on the Mountain and the Pinetop-Lakeside town government.

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