The Veterans of Foreign Wars started their annual Buddy Poppy sale Thursday in Lufkin.
Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the VFW Veterans Assistance Programs. They want East Texans to wear the poppies proudly and support the millions of veterans who have fought and died defending our country's freedom.
Veteran Alton McCreary said, "They helped the people here to have the freedom they have today and I think that they deserve it. That's the reason I don't mind working and helping."