Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 6172 and its Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies at Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Wal-Mart in Storm Lake Saturday from 8:00 a-m until 12noon.
Post commander Don Fisher says VFW by-laws require the proceeds from the distribution of Buddy Poppies must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans here in the community.
In 1923, the VFW was the first veterans organization to promote a nationally-organized campaign for the annual distribution of poppies assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. That tradition continues today, with more than 16 million poppies assembled by paid, disabled, and hospitalized veterans each year. The VFW raises more than 15 million dollars annually from the distribution of Buddy Poppies.