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It's That Time of Year Again - Poppies

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  1. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures

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    In case you hadn't already noticed, I just wanted to note the Poppies embedded in our logo to acknowledge the November 11th commemorations. Traditionally, we put out poppies up sometime after November 1st and before the November 11th. Whether you call it Rememberance Day, Poppy Day, Armistice Day, or Veterans Day, this date always focuses my thoughts on the sacrifices of those who served.

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    Wearing a Poppy in public is a common sight at this time throughout the Commonwealth, and every year they were commonplace during my years in Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. Today, even though I live in Chicago, I still wear a Poppy if I go in public. Yesterday I snapped this quick photo of my shirt as I visited Macy's to do some shopping with the family. It was a nice surprise to see two other people wearing Poppies, one was a middle aged man wearing the same kind of flower I had, and the other was a woman wearing a very nice Poppy brooch, which was clearly worn to honor the 11th.

    Unencumbered by commercialism, and focused on the very real sacrifice of common people, the 11th is for me the most sacred day of the year. Through this small flower I try in my own small way to give thanks, and show respect.
     
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    Thanks for posting that, Otto. I was watching a BBC program about the 880,000 ceramic poppies "planted" in the mote of the tower of London. It is both beautiful and haunting when you realize each represents a Commonwealth soldier killed in the Great War.

    Gaines
     
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    Wish had kept older versions of the Poppy they sold here. The older, better ones had 4 parts. Now, just 3 and the centre is black. Also the materials seemed thicker, better quality.
    Heard some are made by prisoners here:
    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2014/11/06/22055401.html

    Also, GF wore her poppy on the right side of her lapel. Some folk don't know to put over their heart- left side. Would have thought her management knew enough to instruct employees on where to place.
     
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    Thank you Otto for the poppies on the logo. Nice touch.

    There is no correct way to wear a poppy-just buy one and wear it with pride :)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8333733.stm
    4. Where to pin your poppy - left or right. Some people say left, as it's worn over the heart. It is also where military medals are worn. Others say only the Queen and Royal Family are allowed to wear a poppy on the right, which isn't true. Then there is the school of thought that says men should wear theirs on the left and women on the right, as is the traditional custom with a badge or brooch. The Royal British Legion spokesman says there is no right or wrong side "other than to wear it with pride"


    Lesley
     
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    Thank you for a timely reminder :) ......it means for me several projects that should be concentrated upon to accomplish things that need some thought and preparation that come each year at this time. Perhaps I should say a poppy is just a start for what I owe in remembrance.
     
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    Agree. Wear a poppy. On your hat, on your sleeve, car mirror etc.

    Peeps in Canada seem to wear on left. Around here, one would surely be reminded that we wear over our heart. Someone would stand out like a sore thumb if they wandered around with one on the right.
     
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    I always wear mine on the left, but I don't care how other wear theirs. I just always like to see someone sporting one. :poppy:
     
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    Was unaware of the Bleuet. Thanks for the knowledge -should have known, Skipper.

    Nice vintage Poppy by the way -would it be improper to wear the Bleuet beside a Poppy for Rememberance Day?..

    I watch our ceremonies. It'd be good if our media coverage would delve a little deeper and provide info on how the rest of the world does it...Talking heads are what the local news are here.
     
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    Funnily enough, the commemorative Poppy was the idea of an American:
    Moina Belle Michael.

    I have one of those Tower Poppies on order for the better half, Gaines.
    She was shouting 'don't you chip it!' at the TV the other night over footage of them being removed... :hypnotize:
    Sadly we didn't get down to see them, but it'll be sort of nice to own a part of it.

    Quaker Map of the area the Poppies would cover if they represented all the WW1 dead, rather than solely commonwealth:
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=ztmNGmuUWfH0.k5FfbOPspjLI
     
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    Here's a better picture of the poppies in London. Usually vets in our area sell them, but sadly I didn't see them.

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    A very touching effort those poppies. I went online a couple times to buy a couple of them and have them in my study, but I guess I was too late. It appears I'm out of luck, as I haven't been able to find one anywhere.
     
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    I've placed the poppies in their proper place. Even though I'm in the US, I wear a poppy from the start of November through the 11th. This website will wear it for roughly the same time frame.
     
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    The header poppies have been removed 'til next year.
     
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    There are daily acts of Remembrance in the battlefields of the World Wars

    Every night the last Post Ceremony takes place in the Belgian city of Ieper
    https://youtu.be/Vd8qOYDrgcA

    This video shows the wife of one serviceman and the widow of another laying a wreath for all of the Americans who died in the Flanders in the First World War. Four US Army divisions fought in Flanders, and lots of Americans served in the British and Canadian forces, as well as imn allied and Red Cross medical units.

    There is a little daily ceremony in every ABMC Cemetery. This video shows the flag being lowered at 16.45 over the AMBC cemetery at Bony on the Somme this October. The 27th and 30th Divisions stormed the Hindenberg Line here alongside Australian and British troops. A US A client of mine, an ex 3 Infantry Division 1950s veteran from Florida, takes part, folding the Flag. Quite a special moment for him.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z18xFwfwLGA
     

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