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Highland County commissioners, City of Hillsboro proclaim May as Buddy Poppy Month

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On Monday, May 1, the Highland County Commissioners Office and City of Hillsboro issued proclamations recognizing May 2024 as Buddy Poppy Month. (Photos by Caitlin Forsha and Whitney Aliff)
Caitlin Forsha, The Highland County Press

On Monday, May 1, the Highland County Commissioners Office and City of Hillsboro issued proclamations recognizing May 2024 as Buddy Poppy Month.

Hillsboro VFW Post 9094 member Dick Emery and Hillsboro Mayor Justin Harsha. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Aliff/City of Hillsboro)

On behalf of Hillsboro VFW Post 9094, Dick Emery accepted the proclamations presented by Highland County commissioners David Daniels, Brad Roades and Terry Britton as well as Hillsboro Mayor Justin Harsha.

“We urge all citizens to acknowledge the significance, goodwill and importance the VFW holds,” the proclamations say. “We encourage all 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 freedoms that we continue to enjoy as American citizens.” 

Buddy Poppies have been sold by VFW organizations since 1922. All donations from the sale of Buddy Poppies stay in the county and are put into the VFW’s relief fund, which is used to help local veterans. The poppies are also assembled by disabled veterans.

Buddy Poppies, which “honor the dead by helping the living,” will be available by donation at various locations throughout the month of May. According to Emery, representatives from area veterans organizations will be selling poppies at businesses such as Community Markets, Kroger and Ponderosa throughout the month.

“Any money we collect, it stays right here in Highland County,” Emery said. “We don't send it anywhere else. It just helps local veterans and anybody that needs assistance, however we can help them.” 

For more information on supporting the Buddy Poppies fundraiser, please contact the VFW at (937) 393-0211.

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Pictured (l-r) are Highland County commissioners David Daniels and Brad Roades; Hillsboro VFW Post 9094 member Dick Emery; and commissioner Terry Britton. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)


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