Mention Buddy Poppies and most people think of red flowers. There was a famous poem written after World War I about the poppies that bloom in Flanders Field in France where many soldiers from the “Great War” were buried.
The red color symbolized the blood shed during World War I. Buddy Poppies were originally sold; it is said, to help with relief efforts for the people of France after the war.
In this country, the young veterans group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars picked up the cause. For almost a century VFW posts across the country have sold Buddy Poppies to raise funds for disabled veterans and other vets in need.
Here in Coushatta, VFW Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287 will be at Rivertown Market on Saturday morning with Buddy Poppies. All that is asked is a donation to the post’s relief fund. All money collected will go to serve veterans and their families.