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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.