Each year our post members brave wind, cold, rain, and maybe even a little snow as they hand out Buddy Poppies in downtown Chapel Hill. They do it to raise money for programs that benefit veterans, their families and homeless. Watch for us on each Carolina game day at the Old Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin Street. Our first date is September 17th and we will be there from noon to about 3:30 pm.
We are asked about the story behind the Buddy Poppy and we are getting pretty good at sharing the history of the VFW Buddy Poppy. We found a video on the Buddy Poppy that can be viewed by you, shared in a school class or assembly, or viewed at a civic function or other event. We want to remind everyone that over 400,000 men and women of these United States have perished in wars since, and including, World War I. Many hundreds of thousands returned home with war wounds. You can help us share America’s story. Afterall, how can we understand who we are, if we do not share, remember, and honor the sacrifices of American men and women?
Won’t you share the story of the Buddy Poppies in your community? And, when you see a veteran giving away a Buddy Poppy, thank them and proudly wear the Buddy Poppy. If you can, make a donation to their Veterans Relief Fund.