Buddy Poppy King and Queen Contest

Veterans of Foreign War programs generate public awareness about the VFW, generate local news, and show local veterans that we are a vibrant, active veterans’ organization in their community.  The VFW Buddy Poppy Program is just one of our many community programs.

Buddy Poppy Queen

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For more than 75 years, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy Program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents. The Buddy Poppy King and Queen contest is a long standing tradition of the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary. The effort and importance associated with reviving and continuing this program cannot be understated.

All posts are encouraged to take the time to to learn more about the program and create a post Buddy Poppy King and Queen committee to build enthusiasm for this program. There is a two-fold importance to Buddy Poppies. It’s truly all about veterans helping our veterans and living up to our motto of “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living.”

Each Post and Auxiliary should think about sponsoring a post Buddy Poppy King and Queen Contest. This promotion allows an opportunity to teach our youth about the importance of the Buddy Poppy and also helps with public awareness of the VFW Buddy Poppy.

The Buddy Poppy King and Queen Contest is open to all girls and boys who are a daughter or son, granddaughter or grandson, great-granddaughter or great-grandson, or niece/nephew of a VFW Post or Ladies Auxiliary member in good standing. Contestants should be between the ages of 10 and 12.

The entry from your Post/Auxiliary should write an essay entitled “Why It Is Important to Promote the Buddy Poppy,” and should be involved in the distribution of the Poppies. In addition, each entrant should be actively involved in patriotic and community activities.

Entries should be in by September 9, 2013. The winners will be recognized at the Fall Council of Administration meeting and will receive a US Savings Bond.

What better way to “Serve from the Heart for Our Veterans” than to participate in a program where the donations received serve one of this country’s most noble resources, the millions of men and women who served and fought for our freedom. A Buddy Poppy King and Queen Contest will definitely “Create a Recipe for Success” for your Post/Auxiliary!

For assistance, additional information and submission of nominations, contact Lewis Hunt, Buddy Poppy Chairman, telephone 704-780-5979 or send email.


  1. Buddy Poppy Contest Rules 2013
  2. King and Queen Contest Entry Form
  3. Story, Veteran Revives Poppy Queen Tradition, Ladies Auxiliary Magazine, July 2013


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