The Buddy Poppy Drive of Nov. 12 and Nov. 14 by VFW Post 7800 of Stuart, was successful, according to the post.
“The people of Stuart have been extremely supportive,” the post stated in a release about the project. “It is always enjoyable and satisfying to meet face to face” with supporters.
In addition to VFW members, several in the community were critical to the project’s success, including Earnest Hutson, Brittany Hutson and Barry Jones. WalMart “has always been wholeheartedly behind” the post, and for allowed them to use the front store entrance, according to the release.
The poppy represents those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom. Wearing one signifies “support for our troops who have died, all who have served and all who are serving now,” the release stated.
There is no charge for the poppies, although donations are appreciated. Proceeds are used to help support veterans in need and provide prizes in competitions for students, scouts and teachers, according to the release.
A poem by John McCrae in May 1915, following a bloody battle in Flanders Field during World War I, is a reminder of how and why the poppy is used by the VFW.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields