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The Remembrance Day Poppy

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Who is celebrating the start of the First World War?

If you can commemorate the end of the war then I don't see why you can't commemorate (not celebrate) the beginning.

Agreed. Although it may have been more appropriate and sensitive to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end.

Whatever we do we should never let WWI be forgotten. The ultimate example of the futility, stupidity and wastefulness of war.

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for the last couple of years I've sought out one of them wrist band things. Means I can contribute, as a former member of the RBL I really want to do, without having to worry about the actual poppy bit. Job done.

 

This is what I don't get about charity in general.  Why not just contribute, why do you have to get a symbol to wear?

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the BBC do go over the top in "forcing" people to wear the poppy - it should be choice

 

though i would love to see some one on question time refuse then pull the other panelists if they had paid ?

 

personally, I put whatever the cost of a pint is into the box (buy me old man a pint if i could) but then agree with others the pin is rubbish/wrong coat etc...

 

I end up leaving it in my pocket and if ever asked produce it - you know yourself and that is what matters

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I wear my poppy badge with pride,having friends and family who serve and have served in our armed forces,it's the least i can do to show my respect for them and those that went before them.

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Futtocks just might have one coat!  :tongue:

as did Paley sometime of this parish

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I buy one, lose it almost straight after and don't by another.

 

I observe the silence, I think that has far more meaning than some plastic emblem that people are shamed into wearing.

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Noticed the Poppy has become fashion.  Knitted poppies, metal poppies, poppies made in a boden way by your kids ...

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All wrapped up with the need to celebrate the military and switch off rational thought.

 

I buy a red one and a white one every year.  And wear neither.

I buy a red one and never wear it. I'm not much of a militarist, but my father served in WWII, and he and his mates either gave their lives, or gave what should have been the best years of their lives to keep us free and I believe that is worthy of some sort of remembrance, so I buy a poppy.

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I buy a poppy and wear it if I come across someone selling them and I happen to have cash in my pocket at the time. Some years, neither happens.

 

Trouble is, due to the design of my coat collar, the poppy usually ends up looking pretty scruffy after quite a short time.

This year, for the first time, I went for the enamelled pin-badge instead. Much better.

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For me, that's just another black/white argument that's just as daft as those who get all upset at those who don't wear poppies.  If you were to stop everyone in a high street today and ask them why they are or aren't wearing a poppy then you'd probably get hundreds of different answers, each one is probably entirely valid.  Some will have massive prejudices attached to their opinions, some will be remembering the war dead, some will be remembering all military and non-military casualties of war, some will be remembering why war should always be the last resort, some will have absurd fantasies about the romanticism of the trenches, some will refuse as it glorifies war, some will refuse as they couldn't care less either way.

 

I know why I buy a poppy and it's nowt to do with the tripe I get from both those who insist I wear one and those who tell me I shouldn't.

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For me, that's just another black/white argument that's just as daft as those who get all upset at those who don't wear poppies.  If you were to stop everyone in a high street today and ask them why they are or aren't wearing a poppy then you'd probably get hundreds of different answers, each one is probably entirely valid.  Some will have massive prejudices attached to their opinions, some will be remembering the war dead, some will be remembering all military and non-military casualties of war, some will be remembering why war should always be the last resort, some will have absurd fantasies about the romanticism of the trenches, some will refuse as it glorifies war, some will refuse as they couldn't care less either way.

 

I know why I buy a poppy and it's nowt to do with the tripe I get from both those who insist I wear one and those who tell me I shouldn't.

Well as I say I don't usually wear mine, I bought it and put it in my pocket, where it fell apart. So I couldn't wear it even if I wanted to!

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Well as I say I don't usually wear mine, I bought it and put it in my pocket, where it fell apart. So I couldn't wear it even if I wanted to!

I was in London yesterday, I left my poppy on the dining room table.  I had genuinely intended to wear the thing but simply forgot in the rush to get out the door at 6am.  Every tube station had at least 4-5 squaddies standing selling the things and the bigger stations had many more, most didn't bat an eyelid at me walking past without one on but I got a few stares from some in civvies when I ignored their bucket rattling.  I refuse to buy a second just because some people try to guilt me into it.

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I was in London yesterday, I left my poppy on the dining room table.  I had genuinely intended to wear the thing but simply forgot in the rush to get out the door at 6am.  Every tube station had at least 4-5 squaddies standing selling the things and the bigger stations had many more, most didn't bat an eyelid at me walking past without one on but I got a few stares from some in civvies when I ignored their bucket rattling.  I refuse to buy a second just because some people try to guilt me into it.

 

I was on a flight from Amsterdam to Birmginham yesterday, as I've been in Europe this week, touring with my band. All the staff on the plane had poppies on, some were the more garish metal variety too.  Many people on the plane were British and had them on as well, I'd say a good 40%+ had them on.  What was noticeable was that of the 30 or 40 Celtic football fans making their way back to Ireland/Scotland/England via this flight that not one of them had one on.

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Have the football shirts got a poppy on them this year , because some of the players refused last year or the year before............

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Have the football shirts got a poppy on them this year , because some of the players refused last year or the year before............

Why ?

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Have the football shirts got a poppy on them this year , because some of the players refused last year or the year before............

 

I have no idea but I seem to recall a couple of years ago England RL had poppies on their jerseys.  Will they against Fiji on Saturday?

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Why ?

Why not?  The day it becomes compulsory is the day it really ought to be scrapped.

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Why not?  The day it becomes compulsory is the day it really ought to be scrapped.

That was'nt what i asked , have the f,ball shirts got them on , yes or no its a simple answer.................

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That was'nt what i asked , have the f,ball shirts got them on , yes or no its a simple answer.................

 

A quick google would suggest, yes.  At least for the Premier League.

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Why did the players refuse them ????

One did. James Mclean, 

As he's an Irish International and a Northern Irish Catholic from Derry it's quite likely his views of the British Army differ from yours and mine.

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I have no idea but I seem to recall a couple of years ago England RL had poppies on their jerseys.  Will they against Fiji on Saturday?

Yes.

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Why did the players refuse them ????

Sorry if i got my wires crossed with your answer , as in another post i think there was more than 1 that did'nt wear a f,ball shirt with 1 on , but its up to every person to make a choice weather to wear 1 or not , also when England RL played NZ in 2011 , they both ad poppy's on there shirts..........i buy 1 and wear it with pride but thats my choice............

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