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Mayor designates "Buddy Poppy Month"

The West Fargo VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Mayor Rich Mattern joined forces recently to declare the month of May as "Buddy Poppy Month," marking the annual distribution of the red flowers by the VFW in the days leading up to and after Memorial Day. 

  Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, "In Flander's Field," describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.

For more than 75 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well-being of their dependents.

  This year's theme, "To Honor The Dead By Helping The Living" was recognized by the Mayor as he urged all West Fargo citizens to honor the merits of the Buddy Poppy Campaign by contributing generously to its support.

  Buddy Poppies are endorsed by leaders across the country and they are assembled by disabled veterans. Proceeds from the sale of Buddy Poppies provide compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provide financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs, and partially support the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans. 

  "Wearing a Buddy Poppy is mute evidence of our gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens," Mattern said in his annual proclamation. 

Joyce Weible of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary serves as Buddy Poppy co-chair.