The 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.

It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that

VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans

who would be paid for their work to provide them

with some form of financial assistance.

The plan was formally adopted during the VFW's 1923 encampment.

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 the VFW

all trademark rights in the name of Buddy Poppy

under the classification of artificial flowers.

The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies

bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products

of the work of disabled and needy veterans.

No other organization, firm or individual

can legally use the name "Buddy Poppy."

Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still assembled by

disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.

The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units

provides compensation to the veterans

who assemble the poppies,

provides financial assistance in maintaining

state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs

and partially supports the VFW National Home

for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.