The "Buddy Poppy" is a memorial symbol for veterans across the world, and on Memorial Day today in this nation, veterans, their families and supporters across the country will be wearing the "Buddy Poppy."
Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3255 4
of El Centro have been handing out the poppies over the last few days inside Vons in El Centro, accepting any donations people will give.
"It can't be any less than a penny because I don't have change," joked Frank Garcia, 80, of Brawley.
Garcia is a World War II U.S. Army veteran.
The "Buddy Poppy" was inspired by Col. John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields," a poem about those who fought and died in France during World War I, according to information on the Internet.
Since 1922 the artificial poppy has been dispersed by the VFW as a means of raising funds for needy and disabled veterans, dependents of veterans and widows and orphans of veterans.