Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 257: Poppies, poppies!!

Every where we go these days, everyone has a red poppy pinned to their coat. 
Honestly. Try to find a person not wearing one of these.

There are adorable children in military-type uniforms selling them outside of everywhere we go, so of course I have one too.
You should have seen the child I bought mine from. He was dressed in a Popeye-like sailor uniform. I couldn't resist.

 (sadly, this is not my photo. borrowed from this website)

Even Angelina Jolie wears one! 

from wikipedia:
Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day  or Veterans Day – is a holiday to commemorate  the sacrifices of members of the armed forces. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918

The poppy's significance is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's  poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour a symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare.

The Royal Canadian Legion suggests that poppies be worn on the left lapel, or as close to the heart as possible.

In the United States, the American Legion distributes crepe-paper poppies in exchange for contributions. "Poppy Day" is usually the same as or near Memorial Day in May. However, many Legion groups also make poppies available around November 11.

1 comment:

  1. I remember wearing the poppy pin when I was child in Ontario many years ago. Happy to hear that the tradition is still being carried on. (I am a friend of Karen's)