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November 8, 2015 IS Remembrance Day / Poppy Day — The Queen …

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by Anura Guruge


The Queen on Remembrance Sunday, 2015 & 2014.

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Click to ENLARGE. From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Note the 4-poppy look — which is the same as from 2014 (below). The Queen is now 89-years old.

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The Queen, Remembrance Day, 2014. Same 4-poppy look but different brooch, dress and hat, of course. Click to ENLARGE.


For the BBC video of 2015 Remembrance Sunday in London.

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Click for the BBC video.


Others this Sunday.

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access original.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Says Confirms That The Poppy Is The Official Memorial Flower Of The VFW.

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Click to access the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
‘poppy’ page titled ‘In Flanders Field’
after the poem that started it all.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here.


U.S. Red Poppy Promotions from prior years.


So why isn’t the Red Poppy MORE popular — let alone ubiquitous as it is in other countries at the start of November — in the U.S.?

I have a theory.

The U.S. did NOT enter World War I until April 6, 1917.

WW I started July 28, 1914.

The Second Battle of Ypres, which is what the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which gave rise to the ‘Red Poppy’ tradition was fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915.

In other words the BASIS for the tradition predates the U.S. involvement though ‘Poppy Day’ itself did not come to be until 1921. Please check ‘Red Poppy’ page, above, for the full illustrated history.

Well that is my theory. I could be wrong.


Britain’s TV Viewers On “Red Poppy” Watch — Hurrah, Hurrah.

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From, of course, the U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘.
Click here for original.

I had to look up who this ‘Sienna Miller’ is.
American-born British actress.

Click to ENLARGE and read here.

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My Red Poppy collection — 2015.

Love it. As it should be. Nobody should be appearing in PUBLIC without a Red Poppy.

I blame the TV producers. They should have made sure she wore one — or told her she can’t appear on the show (irrespective of her American roots).

Oh, how I would LOVE to see American’s appearing on TV with Red Poppies. ‘The American Legion’ DOES have a ‘Legion Family Flower of Remembrance‘ program. They, i.e., American Legion, even used to sell a ‘Poppy Puppy. I know. I have one.

I have written to Obama twice asking him to wear a Red Poppy on Veteran’s Day.

The ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) actually have a ‘Buddy Poppy‘ program. But you rarely see a Red Poppy, in November, in the U.S.

I no longer have ANY British poppies with the two green leaves. I only have Canadian poppies.

U.S. “Buddy” Poppy Puppy — that I bought on eBay.


My Red Poppy Pin Collection Ready For Poppy Day/Remembrance Day 2015.

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November 2014 — wearing a Canadian Red Poppy, in my ‘study’

I, per what was my custom when I lived in Britain, start wearing a Red Poppy, with pride, towards the end of October. So today I got out my box of Red Poppy Pins.

I lucked out last year. My Sri Lankan friend, living in Canada, Kenny, sent me 6 Canadian Red Poppies when I told him how upset I was that I had lost the prior two that had been sent to me from Canada. Thanks again Kenny.

I hadn’t bought any lapel pens on eBay this year! I haven’t looked much and what I saw didn’t appeal to me. Plus I did get the rather expensive — and very special — Paul Cummins’Tower of London” ceramic Red Poppy.

But I did buy 6 lady’s brooches, 5 of which are shown in the bottom image, from China via eBay. With shipping it came to $8.94. Less than $1.50 a brooch! How could I resist. No, they are not for me per se, though I put one in my box for posterity. I got three for Deanna and the girls. The other two, or even the one in the box, will be for local ladies who are willing to follow my lead in wearing a Red Poppy for Remembrance Day.

So, I am all set. I think I will start tomorrow with one of my favorites. The ‘Winston Churchill‘ pin (top right on top picture).


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