View Full Version : Wear Your Poppy With Pride

11-06-2005, 03:05 AM
With Rememberance Sunday only a week away I have cahanged my avatar and sig to show my support and sentiments to the brave men alive and dead who fought for my freedom.

I thought that if you wish to show your support online then you could download my avatar and use it as your own until after Rememberance Sunday, sort of like wearing a poppy online.

11-06-2005, 05:44 AM
Nice idea http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-06-2005, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by VonShlagnoff:
...sort of like wearing a poppy online.
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif How do I look? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

11-06-2005, 10:44 AM
I had the same one for 15 years http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif When in the RAF you used to get dragged into doing parades etc........ so we all used to keep our poppy in our No1 Uniforms so if we ever got lumbered with a parade we all ready had one.......... was looking a bit moth eaten after that amount of time, but then so was I. AHHHHHH... Hop Skipping and bouncing around Basingstoke with the Sally Anne Band at the front and the Boy Scouts Band at the rear, both playing to a different beat, so the front of the columns where in pace to the Sally Anne and the rear to the Scouts... and the rest of us muppets in the middle where skipping along between the 2 marching steps, like something off Monty Python whilst trying to keep a straight face and not joining in with the local populace that were laughing their heads off.............. still, was a quick shuffle round the centre and off to the Pub...... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Standing at the Bar..Musket in one Hand and Beer in the other http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Priceless

11-06-2005, 12:42 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif great story.

11-06-2005, 01:41 PM
Beat you to it. I changed my sig pic on the first.

han freak solo
11-07-2005, 04:43 PM
Can you 'splain to a 'Merican, why they picked the poppy to represent this occasion?

My state shares a border with Mexico. I'm not up on Canadian traditions.

11-07-2005, 08:35 PM
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, saw dawn, felt sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up your 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.

Flanders feild was a very brutal battle in WW1 and on the feild grew poppies. That is the reason for the choice of poppies on Rememberance/Vetrans Day

11-07-2005, 08:40 PM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
Can you 'splain to a 'Merican, why they picked the poppy to represent this occasion?

My state shares a border with Mexico. I'm not up on Canadian traditions.

There's a bit of information on the poem, its author and the flower on the Canadian Veteran's Affairs site.

Flanders Field and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=history/firstwar/mccrae/flower)

11-08-2005, 03:57 AM
You know what it's like with poppies - turn over a bit of earth and they spring up everywhere. Imagine then, the blasted ground that was the Western Front once the guns had fallen silent. The place was a sea of red.

Very appropriate indeed.


11-08-2005, 05:39 AM
It doesn't just remember the fallen from the first worldwar either, but instead remembers the fallen from all conflicts, i.e WW2, the falklands, Gulf, Ireland etc etc.

I'm still on the look out for a poppy, only i havnt seen any yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

11-08-2005, 11:52 AM
I'm still on the look out for a poppy, only i havnt seen any yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

You have to leave the house you know! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif


11-09-2005, 05:02 AM
seen a few people with it as an avatar,

11-09-2005, 09:02 AM
Got my poppy the other day.

11-09-2005, 03:30 PM
Just to add a bit more to the orgins of this tradition, the following is taken from canoe.ca;

"Why the Poppy?

A writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

During the tremendous bombardments of the First World War the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing 'popaver rhoeas' to thrive. When the war ended the lime was quickly absorbed, and the poppy began to disappear again.

After John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields was published in 1915 the poppy became a popular symbol for soldiers who died in battle.

Three years later an American, Moina Michael, was working in a New York City YMCA canteen when she started wearing a poppy in memory of the millions who died on the battlefield.

During a 1920 visit to the United States a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France she decided to use handmade poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. In November, 1921, the first poppies were distributed in Canada.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear flowers each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian's memories for 116,031 of their countrymen who died in battle."

I also wear my poppy with pride and in deep honour of my family's tradition of military service, and for all those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.