Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667 has decided to cancel the Buddy Poppy drive planned for July 3-5.
The post usually holds the drive on Memorial Day weekend but had pushed the date back because of COVID-19, according to Janet Alford of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.
Alford said the organization decided to cancel the drive because many people are struggling financially right now. She said the post also wants to keep its members safe.
Usually, VFW members set up at local grocery stores to offer Buddy Poppies – small red artificial flowers – for a donation. The poppy serves as a symbol of remembrance for those who have died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The poppy program allows VFW Post 2667 to help veterans and veteran’s families in distress and supports local charities.
The post passed out Buddy Poppies at its socially distant ceremony on Memorial Day at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in Newnan.