Local veterans distributing Buddy Poppies

Posted 5/17/09

Veterans of Foreign Wars volunteers will be handing out Buddy Poppies for Memorial Day. The red paper poppies became associated with remembering the …

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Local veterans distributing Buddy Poppies

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Veterans of Foreign Wars volunteers will be handing out Buddy Poppies for Memorial Day.

The red paper poppies became associated with remembering the war-time sacrifices of American military men and women following the publication of the poem “In Flander’s Field,” describing the scene of the wind-blown red flowers growing between the row of crosses in a European battlefield cemetery.

For 75 years, VFW posts have distributed the red paper reproductions of the flowers. All the paper flowers are assembled by disabled and needy veterans in Veteran Administration hospitals around the country.

There is no charge for the small, red paper flower but those distributing the poppies do accept donations with all the money going to support veteran’s program and the well-being of veteran’s dependents.

Locally, Pat Hanlon VFW Post 4666 will be distributing the poppies in the Littleton area while members of Verle Huffman Post 9644 will be doing the same thing in Sheridan and Littleton.

Also, VFW volunteers will be handing out Buddy Poppies at the May 25 Memorial Day events in Littleton and at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Everyone who every saw military service will be honored for their service and, in many cases, their sacrifices on Memorial Day, May 25 during the two ceremonies in Littleton and the one at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

The first ceremony of the day will begin at 8 a.m. in the Veteran’s Circle located in the Littleton Cemetery at 6155 S. Prince St. A mirror-image service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Littleton World War II Memorial in Ketring Park, 6000 S. Gallup St.

Then, at 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony near the lake at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.

Members of the Veterans of foreign Wars distributed Buddy for the first time before Memorial Day 1922. The next year, it was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Vererans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

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