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Old 10-30-2008, 02:11 PM
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I wondered too if some thought had been given to the wearing of the poppies during a visit to Japan. I know it's the right time of year for the British people to do this, but I might have been concerned about irritating my Japanese hosts.

Don't get me wrong, I always buy them in the U.S. because my grandfather was a disabled World War I vet... but then I'm not on an official tour in Japan.
A few years ago C&C were on an overseas tour, I think to the Middle East and Pakistan in the run up to Rememberance Day. Given she was abroad and wearing Asian inspired clothes with veils etc, Camilla did not wear a poppy for a few days, only to be constantly criticised by the UK paps. So I think thre is now an unwriten rule for the royals: come what may, don't leave home with out the poppy!!!
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:51 PM
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It's because of Rememberance Day - to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, especially since World War I. The day was dedicated by King George V on November 7th 1919 and people wear Poppies as a symbol for rememberance
Although you are correct with the details for Remembrance Day, the reason for wearing the Red Poppy is thus - A doctor called John McCrea, who was working to help soldiers in France, wrote a poem in 1915 about the poppies growing on the graves of dead soldiers, this is the poem
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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.
John McCrae, 1915
Then an American poet called Moina Michael read the beautiful poem. It gave her the idea of using poppies to remember the dead and also to help the living at the same time.
Moina bought real poppies and gave them out to friends. She also sold some poppies and gave the money to surviving, needy ex-soldiers. The rest as they say is history.

The first official Poppy Day, organised by the charity called The Royal British Legion, was held in 1921
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for the info sky first time I hear about it
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:15 AM
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Wearing a Rememberence Poppy whilst in Japan should not present any diplomatic problems. In WWI the Japanese fought against the Germans. Nevertheless, observing Rememberence Day is important as it has now transcended that one moment and we all now remember all the dead, from Flanders to Bazra.

Here in New Zealand and Australia we commemerate ANZAC Day, to remember those ANZAC's who fell, originally on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915.

Today part of the great OE is to visit the ANZAC Memorial at Gallipoli, on ANZAC Day, where the Turks honour all the dead, and read these famous words.

"Those heroes that shed their blood
and lost their lives...
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country,
therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Jonnies
and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side.
Here in this country of ours...
You, the mothers,
who sent their sons from far away countries
wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bossom
and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have
become our sons as well."

Mustafa Kemal ATATURK

ANZAC Memorial, 1934.

Would that the rest of the world felt the same, but until then we will wear our poppies for Remembrence on April 25, just as you do for November 11 in whichever place we find ourselves.
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:29 PM
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Ah! Thank you all for the information!
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:48 PM
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They signify the remembrance of the dead who died on the battle fields of France which were covered with red poppies. We have Poppy Day when we buy poppies and wear them and the money goes to a war veteran´s charity.
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Yes, that's what Giov said as well. Thanks to you both!
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:55 PM
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Not ony France but also Belgium . I learned at School : In Flanders Fields the puppies blow , we are the death...
In Ypres (Belguim ) every evening at ?? p.m. your may hear "The last Post".
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Not ony France but also Belgium . I learned at School : In Flanders Fields the puppies blow , we are the death...
In Ypres (Belguim ) every evening at ?? p.m. your may hear "The last Post".
I always wear one on Veteran's Day and often Memorial Day. I LOVE the Flanders Field poem.
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Bella , Who wrote this poem ?
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"In Flanders fields the poppies low/ Between the crosses, row on row."From the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John MacRae.

A very sad poem.
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:22 PM
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"In Flanders fields the poppies low/ Between the crosses, row on row."From the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John MacRae.

A very sad poem.
It is indeed but the start is thus - 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. I'm sure that is what you meant to put! The whole poem and details of Poppy Day are on this thread - http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...tml#post847908
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Would that the rest of the world felt the same, but until then we will wear our poppies for Remembrence on April 25, just as you do for November 11 in whichever place we find ourselves.
Interesting. We have traditionally worn rosemary for remembrance on ANZAC Day, and reserved poppies for Armistice Day. But the Australian War Memorial web site says that poppies are increasingly being used here as part of ANZAC Day services.
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Oh well it happens to the best(and worst) of us, but perhaps I meant the poppies kept their heads respectfully low - then again I just made a mistake.......really only one little letter and you pick on me.
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:17 PM
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Oh well it happens to the best(and worst) of us, but perhaps I meant the poppies kept their heads respectfully low - then again I just made a mistake.......really only one little letter and you pick on me.
You can pick on me next!
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Poppies are widely worn in Canada

The doctor who wrote In Flanders Fields was Canadian. You would never see a politician or a newcaster without a poppy from late October until Remembrance Day. Most people you see out and about are also wearing them.

It's become tradition in the last few years for people to lay their poppies on the tomb of the unknown soldier (in Ottawa) at the conclusion of the Remembrance Day services.

Here is more information on Remembrance Day Remembrance Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I just noticed that Prince Andrew is wearing a Canadian Poppy

and Princess Eugenie is wearing a British one.
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The doctor who wrote In Flanders Fields was Canadian.
Oh, my apologies, shame on me!
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Oh, my apologies, shame on me!
Just adding some info. Here's some more.

A portion of the poem is printed on our ten dollar banknote.
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Westminster Abbey Prepares Field Of Remembrance - Pictures - Zimbio
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