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.

During the 1923 encampment the VFW decided that VFW "Buddy"® Poppies would be  assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their  work to provide them with financial assistance. 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.A.   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 VFW Buddy Poppy program 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 Children”.

Recently Post 27 held a Donation and recruiting event at several locations   throughout the Hainerberg Housing Community in Wiesbaden, Germany on the weekend before Veterans day. The event had the support of the JROTC,   Boy Scouts, and Robo Warriors.

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