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Old 12-01-2016, 07:34 AM
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I had the pleasure of showing two friends from the USA around our Arboreatum. This is an area which was set aside after sand quarrying for memorials not only to our fallen soldiers, airmen and sailors but also all of our services, fire, police, ambulance. I purchased a very nice broach and a cushion which had our national emblem for Remembrance, the Poppy, as it's feature. I asked if there was a flower used in the USA to denote the same thing and they did not believe so. Every year around October, November and the up coming 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th Month, sales of poppies and the wearing of such are traditional. They adorn even fronts of trucks and cars and go to remind us of the sacrifices given by our military.
The poppy was chosen here because during the First World War the fields of Holland and France, which had been ripped apart by bombs and shelling, burst into colour as poppies grew everywhere.
A suggestion was made that should a flower be chosen as an emblem then the Forget Me Not may be appropriate.
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Is it not amazing - none of my family partook in those two World Wars for political reasons but having learned all the history in school, whenever I see poppies in a garden the fields of Flanders seem to come up as a very visual image in my mind and I can not even begin to imagine why it should.
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We do indeed also use the poppy in similar fashion. Depending on the information source, the practice was started by The National American Legion in 1920 and the The Royal British Legion in 1921. Other countries also practice this.
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