VFW Post 10184 is selling the flowers so citizens can thank the vets.
Memorial Day comes at the end of May, but the act of celebrating those who have served in the military is underway in Parsippany. Mayor James Barberio helped kick off the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy Fundraiser Friday at Town Hall. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppies, red flowers with an attached message of thanks and support, have been crafted by hospitalized veterans. They are considered an integral part of the VFW's work and the national show of support for those who have served.
Mayor recognizes local VFW post, council encourages residents to support yearly tradition.
The mayor presented a proclamation Tuesday night to members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, encouraging Parsippany-Troy Hills residents to purchase Buddy Poppies in honor of the nation’s fallen soldiers. Mayor James Barberio explained that the VFW has sold Buddy Poppies—artificial red flowers—every year since the early 1920s raise funds in support of disabled veterans, as well as the widows and orphans of fallen soldiers. “I urge our 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 freedom we continue to enjoy as American citizens,” Barberio said. After accepting the proclamation from the mayor, Gary Erdmann, commander …