It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and
needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally
adopted during the VFW's 1923 encampment. 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, the VFW registered the
name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights
in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has 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.
Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still 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.
by John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.
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