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Mattern declares May ‘Buddy Poppy Month’

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, along with West Fargo VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Janet Ronning, 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.

Buddy Poppies are available at the West Fargo VFW to be worn with pride.