Source: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (Information and Press Release):
Fort Mohave, Arizona: Veterans of Foreign Wars will be giving out Buddy Poppies at ACE hardware store and Smith’s grocery store during Memorial Day Weekend 2020.
Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, including from Post 404 Mohave Valley, will be giving out Buddy Poppies at the ACE hardware store, located at 4517 South Arizona State Route 95 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 as well as Smith’s grocery store, located at 4747 South Arizona State Route 95 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 and Sunday, May 24th, 2020.
Buddy Poppies are free, but donations are welcome that will goes towards local relief fund to help local veterans and their families.
According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars website, 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.
Donation will be accepted during the weekend; all proceeds benefit VFW veterans assistance programs.
For more information about Buddy Poppy and donating, please contact your local VFW.
** If you’re new to our area, here are a few of our local VFW Post locations in our area: **
– VFW Post 404:
10287 Barrackman Rd
Mohave Valley, Arizona
1 (928) 788-3202
– VFW Post 10005:
1611 East Marble Canyon Drive
Bullhead City, Arizona
1 (928) 758-7808
– VFW Post 6306:
12858 Oatman-Topock Highway
Golden Shores, Arizona
1 (928) 768-3033
Thank you to all who have served our country; protecting our lives and freedoms from those who are set to destroy them.