Flora Mayor Bob Tackitt signed a Proclamation urging citizens of Flora to wear Buddy Poppies, small poppies pins made by disabled Veterans and distributed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
“I urge all 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,” read Tackitt’s proclamation.
Members of the VFW Auxiliary will be out in the town of Flora distributing Poppy Posters to area business on April 25. Then, on May 18, they will be at area banks selling the poppies.
Buddy Poppies or Remembrance Poppies have been used since 1920 to memorialize those who have died in War in the United States and current and former Commonwealth States.
The use of the poppies was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field,” where the poet, Lt. Col. John McCrae spoke of the poppies growing from the earth over soldiers graves in the Belgian World War I battlefield at Flanders.