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    Tomorrow is November 11th, Remembrance Sunday, when the County remembers those who died for our county since 1914. To mark this every year, there is a poppy appeal, red paper poppies are sold in aid of ex servicemen by the British Legion. While shopping in Norwich today, I counted that 6% of the Adults were wearing a Red Poppy in their dress, shirt or jacket, which I think is quite a good number (of course many others also buy a poppy but do not wear it). The proportion was higher among the older people but there was still a number of younger people wearing a poppy. I, of course proudly wear a poppy every year and there are collection boxes in most pubs and many shops. I wonder what other counties have a similar poppy appeal, I suppose other Commonwealth counties do but do others mark it in a similar way.
    War is less costly than servitude

  • #2
    I'll be buying mine tomorrow morning, as Wearing it with my uniform means it gets battered if I get it any earlier.

    This always says it better than I can.

    Finally the Poem that started it all off.
    In Flanders Fields

    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.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
    Canadian Army
    Winnie says
    ---------------------------------
    "He fell out of a Gestapo car, over a bridge, and onto a railway line. Then was run over by the Berlin Express.

    It was an Accident."
    Herr Flick.

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    • #3
      Poppies are not as common here in the US as they are in the UK, altho' you do find them from time to time.

      I was able to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at the British cenotaph in Basra when I was there (11 Nov 03). It was a very moving ceremony. Not something you can say you "enjoyed" but certainly something you never forget.
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      • #4
        I see them all over. Just picked up a few this past weekend at the mall in Scranton.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cyberia View Post
          I see them all over. Just picked up a few this past weekend at the mall in Scranton.
          hmmmm....I must travel in the wrong circles.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Janos View Post
            hmmmm....I must travel in the wrong circles.
            Try travelling in ovals - you get to see some different stuff and it's a more interesting shape.

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            • #7
              http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=127

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              • #8
                common here...they seem to be available all the time...though i only get them in fall
                I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford. Lord Halifax

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
                  Try travelling in ovals - you get to see some different stuff and it's a more interesting shape.

                  Dr. S.
                  Ah ha! The oval thing did it. I found a VFW dude at the mall who had a handful left to sell. I bought one and wore it until I lost it somewhere. Unfortunately, I never saw another person wearing one all day -- and spent most of the day at MCB Quantico.
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                  • #10
                    Poppys are always sold during the week by the men and women of the VFW......

                    My warmest regards and thanks to my allies/cousins on the island and elsewhere where they celebrate a day for their Veterans.

                    best
                    CV

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