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Sunday, October 30, 2005


As we move into November Rememberance Day approaches. It has been held in this country every November 11th since 1921. It was inspired by the poem by John McCrae:

In Flanders' Fields the Poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

When I was growing up Rememberance Day was heavily associated with the First and Second World Wars, and understandably so. But now during the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War there are an increasing number of veterans and widows from much more recent conflicts who need our help.

Whatever your thoughts on recent conflicts please donate and wear your poppy with pride. People like this need your donation.


Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I hardly see them selling poppies here anymore, but when I do, I buy. And wear them too.

My mother sang a song to us when we were little, 'In Flanders field the poppies blow, poppies, poppies...'

My mum was a little girl during the 2nd world war, she still remembers the Brit. soldiers here in Guyana.

They would fly by in the zepplin, and grab the children's kites, and wave and laugh.

She said when the children saw a zepplin coming, they would hurry up to pull down their kites :-D

6:55 pm  
Anonymous Pat said...

How soon should one wear one's poppy? David Cameron was berated by David Davis for wearing one too soon so Cameron meekly removed it!
I love GG's story.

8:46 pm  
Blogger a pair of brown eyes said...

As the daughter of a career Navy man and the wife of a disabled vet i appreciate the concern you show for for your past and current brothers(and sisters) in arms. Bless You Soldier.

3:07 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

GG - nice story.

Pat - we usually wear one behind the badge in our beret from the 1st of November. BBC presenters are already wearing theirs and they are usually a good indicator of protocol!

Brown Eyes - thank you.

6:45 am  
Blogger backroads said...

There was a vet selling them at Manchester Victoria over a week ago. I was surprised... seemed very early. I'll be buying one now as we get into November.

As a flag day, it faces tough competition as virtually every charity has some sort of pin/badge/ribbon/bracelet. The Poppy Appeal needs to keep its head and not resort to gimmicks. It's important.

7:38 am  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

V Good post Universal

It is an important day of reflection.

10:57 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

Nice reminder, Soldier.

11:07 pm  
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