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Mattern declares May as Buddy Poppy month

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern declares May as Buddy Poppy month, along with Agnes Rieniets, President of the West Fargo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Submitted photo

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, along with West Fargo VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Agnes Rieniets, recently declared May as Buddy Poppy month.

The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, 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.  Today, VFW Buddy Poppies still are assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.

The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units 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 orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.

Come by the VFW to pick up a Buddy Poppy and wear it with pride.