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Poppies

Morgain

Well-known member
#1
Remembrance Day is November 11.

The Red Poppy message started on Armistice Day WWI as "Remember, so that never again."
It was thought that the only way to make any sense at all of the Great War was to say Never Again.

It was not long before the Remembrance Day had become a Victory Ball, celebrating the glory of war. The Red Poppy had changed its meaning.

During WWII the Red Poppy Day was stopped because the commitment to No More War was obviously false so even politicians could not brazen it out. After the war the celebration was revived as Remembrance Day, to console those who had lost a loved one.
(This however focused only on soldiers, not the much greater number of medical staff and civilians who had died.)

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Celebrate the glory of war, the heroic dead soldiers. Wear a Red Poppy.
They will be easy to buy everywhere because they make a lot of money for the military welfare organisations. So no need to give suggestions of where to get one.

Or wear a White Poppy to celebrate peace, which is much harder to build than going to war.
The White Poppy symbolises the belief that there are better ways to resolve conflicts than killing strangers. Send a White Poppy to your local Councillor or MP or any important authority figure.
About the White Poppy www.ppu.org.uk/whitepoppy/white_briefing.html
White poppies are available to buy online:Box 100 £42.00. 25-Poppy Pack £15.00. 10-Poppy Pack £7.00. 5-Poppy Pack £3.50 www.ppu.org.uk/ppushop/

This post offers CHOICE. You are free to choose.
 

Lawrence

Well-known member
#4
It is for remembering those who have fallen in war. Read the poem found in the below link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields

Towards the bottom of the page (headline Remembrance Poppies) explains why there were so many poppies in Flanders field.

Between the poem, and the explanation of why there were so many poppies, it should explain why the poppy became a Canadian symbol for remembering those soldiers who have died in battle.
 

Morgain

Well-known member
#5
Lawrence "Remembering the fallen" is what it became within a decade of WWI.
But that is not what it was originally intended.
It only became Remembrance Day after WWII. Originally it was Armistice Day - the day the "War to end all Wars" ended. Which makes sense of the meaning.