DO YOU REMEMBER?
Florence Mayor Haskell Thomas, 1947-1951, buys the first Buddy Poppy of the season. Others with him are not identified. The red paper flowers were assembled by disabled and needy veterans, beginning in 1923, and sold annually before Memorial Day by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a national fund-raising event. Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.