Mayor proclaims Nov. 11, 2016, as 'Buddy Poppy' Day in Concordia
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of American (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. Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals. The poppies are sold by vets throughout the country during May.
The "Buddy Poppy" memorializes the fields of poppies that still grew in French fields following the devastation of World War I.
The proclamation reads:
"Whereas, the annual distribution of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States has been officially recognized and endorsed by governmental leaders sine 1922; and whereas VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans, and the proceeds of this worthwhile fundraising campaign are used exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans; and whereas the basic purpose of the annual distribution of Buddy Poppies by the VFW is eloquently reflected in the "Honor the Dead by Helping the Living."
"Therefore, I, Michael Brown, as Mayor of Concordia, Missouri, do hereby urge the citizens of this community to recognize the merits of this cause by contributing to its support through the purchase of Buddy Poppies on November 11, 2016. These poppies are symbols of appreciation of the sacrifices made by our honored dead.
"Further, the City of Concordia urges all patriotic citizens to wear a Buddy Poppy as mute evidence of our gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens.
"In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Concordia, Missouri to be affixed this Eleventh day of November, Two Thousand Sixteen."
Michael T. Brown, Mayor