Buddy Poppies Day

A flower to wear proudly has sprung up in Naperville.

The Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 hosted their annual Buddy Poppy Days, when veterans give away artificial red poppies in exchange for a donation.

Each flower is handmade by a former military member receiving treatment at a veterans’ hospital.

From May 21st through 26th, shoppers were able to get the flower at multiple locations throughout town.

Since World War I, the red poppy has become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.

Wearing the red flower serves as a reminder that American servicemen have not been forgotten in protecting America’s freedom.

“Memorial Day is for the fallen but the family members and the people who have survived are going through trauma also,” said Mike Barbour, Chairman of Public Relations for the VFW.

Donations collected in Naperville provide additional income for local veterans and their families to pay for any of their unmet needs.

This year’s goal is to raise $40,000.

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