A little history of the VFW Buddy Poppy Program:

Before Memorial Day in 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted our first national poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution of the beloved symbol of veteran sacrifice. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.

During the 1923 VFW Encampment, we 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. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting our organization all trademark rights in the name of the Buddy Poppy under the classification of artificial flowers. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name Buddy Poppy.


The goal of the Buddy Poppy program is to educate the public on the history and meaning of the Buddy Poppy as an example of the sacrifices made by veterans through the distribution of Buddy Poppies and their appropriate display.

The distribution of Buddy Poppies by VFW Posts and their dedicated Post and Auxiliary members during events around Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Veterans Day among other events provides support to the VFW National Home and provides funds for Post relief assistance to veterans in need and other worthy causes as authorized by VFW National ByLaws. 

2024-2025 Buddy Poppy Program

Buddy Poppy order forms for the 2024-2025 year are not yet available as we are awaiting verification of current year pricing from the VFW Store.  We will provide updated order forms as soon as possible.

Buddy Poppy Chairperson Guide


Buddy Poppy Brochure


Robin Bailey, Director

2100 S Shore Dr #2

Holland, Mi. 49423