VFW Buddy Poppy sales honor, help veterans

Annual sales raise money for, awareness about veterans

Veterans of Foreign Wars groups across the nation, including in San Benito County, this week will distribute Buddy Poppies to raise funds for disabled and needy veterans along with the widows and orphans of deceased vets. The poppies are expected to be available for purchase at the Hollister Post Office and in front of some local grocery stores.

The Hollister City Council proclaimed May 23 and 24 Buddy Poppy Days in the City of Hollister to encourage residents to contribute to the cause by purchasing poppies.

“I urge all patriotic 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 which we continue to enjoy as American citizens,” Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velasquez said in the city proclamation.


Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.