OSKALOOSA — Cheryl Ferree returns year after year to witness the mayor sign the annual poppy proclamation.
Ferree, accompanied by Sue Flanders, are both members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and participate with the annual Buddy Poppy campaign.
Ferree said the sale is held year after year for the veterans.
“To help them out as they need it, and their families,” she said. “We just do it for the veterans because they’re our heroes. They’ve done a lot for us so we want to do for them also.
Ferree said the auxiliary also donates to Wounded Warriors, Paws for the Cause, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
The sale of Buddy Poppies by the VFW and VFW auxiliary has been officially recognized and endorsed by governmental leaders since 1922. The poppies are handmade by veterans and given to those who donate.
The poppies have become a symbol of Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day due, in part, to the poem “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae, which tells of poppies growing on Flanders fields, in Belgium, over the graves of soldiers killed during World War I.
It is the official flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.
VFW Post 2237 members and auxiliary members will have poppies available through Nov. 11.
WHEREAS: The annual sale of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has been officially recognized and endorsed by governmental leaders since 1922, and
WHEREAS: VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans, and the proceeds of this worthy 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 sale of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars is eloquently reflected in the desire to “honor the dead by helping the living,” therefore
I, David Krutzfeldt, mayor of the city of Oskaloosa, do hereby urge the citizens of this community to recognize the merits of this cause by contributing generously to its support through the purchase of Buddy Poppies on the day set aside for the distribution of these symbols of appreciation through the sacrifices of our honored dead.
I urge 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.