RANDOLPH, NJ - Mayor Christine Carey opened Thursday’s township council meeting by proclaiming the Buddy Poppy Distribution from May 1 to May 30.

“The annual distribution of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has been officially recognized and endorsed by governmental leaders since 1922,” read the proclamation.

Each year, members of the VFW sell poppies within the township prior to Memorial Day as a reminder to citizens of those who have died in service to their country.

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“VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans, and the proceeds of this worthy fund-raising campaign are used exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans,” the proclamation continued.

The VFW reflects the purpose of this campaign in their motto, “honor the dead by helping the living.” These Buddy Poppies are “symbols of appreciation.”

Through the proclamation, Carey encouraged “patriotic citizens” to purchase and 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 freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens.”

Poppies were distributed at the township council meeting, and council members were among the first to purchase.

The VFW also reminded the public of the upcoming Memorial Day celebrations. At 9am on May 29th, the veterans will visit the cemetery for a gun salute and Taps to honor the veterans. The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held outside the VFW post in Randolph at 11am.