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What items are available in the VFW catalog?

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Items available in the Veterans of Foreign Wars catalog include logo merchandise, emblems, decals, jewelry and apparel. The catalog also features various types of pins and flags, including grave and stick flags, POW-MIA shirts and streamers, and ladies and men's auxiliary caps and clothing.

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The catalog also sells several versions of the buddy poppy, the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The poppy is a symbol of blood and sacrifice and was commemorated in John McCrae's poem, "In Flander's Field." McCrae, a young Canadian surgeon in World War I, wrote the poem after seeing rows of red flowers waving between rows of white crosses in a Flanders graveyard.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars first distributed buddy poppies in 1922 prior to Memorial Day to generate revenue for the organization and its programs. The artificial flowers are made in hospitals by disabled and disadvantaged veterans who are compensated for their work. The program contributes to the maintenance of rehabilitation and other veteran treatment services. It also helps underwrite the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children.

Buddy poppy posters, charms, brooches, shirts and a brochure explaining the history and meaning of the flower are available through the online catalog.

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