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Old 12-01-2016, 06:34 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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Old 12-01-2016, 09:07 AM
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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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Old 12-02-2016, 01:51 AM
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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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Vets groups around here sell paper poppies on POPPY DAY. Thee sellers get right out in the rodas, at stop signs and ask for money. I cant tell you the date but I believe in the spring.

Vets in hospitals, I believe make the poppies so the percent of profit is up. I hope it goes to good use.

I have 3 or 4 twisted around the rear view mirror on the car.
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"Poppy Day" is usually around Memorial Day The American Legion and the American Legion Aux. hold this annually. The poppies are made by vets in many VA hospitals. This is an annual fund raising event since both organizations are non profit. The poppies are not technically sold they are given when one gives a donation in any amount. The funds collected are used for various "projects" mainly scholarships and care packages for homeless vets. I am heavily involved with this each year and each year we are having a difficult time at least in our area finding places to hold this event mainly because other bogus "veterans organizations" are out scamming the public. We will upon request present our legion membership card as proof that the Legionaire is who he or she is a member of the American Legion or American Legion Aux. Other "organizations" cannot prove they are legitimately raising funds to help veterans. These are the ones you see in fatigues with a donation can standing on street corners or a stop lights.
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In our little town most know all the vets out 'selling' poppies. They have been doing it for years, same guys.

In fact the two vets groups merged just recently as there are not enough to keep one group healthy, financially, let alone two.

Guys like me who have never joined that are the problem and vets are becoming extinct. How many readers have a member of the family on active duty or even know someone who is on active duty??

Son in law is a bird col in the USAF approaching 20 yrs service now stationed in England w/ the family.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:49 AM
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...stationed in the UK ..???

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Living where I do, near one of the largest posts in the U.S., the military is never far from my thoughts. I retired out of Ft Campbell a good while ago and still visit for one reason or another several times a year.

All incoming traffic is stopped and I.D.s are checked. I'm pretty sure those young soldiers working the gate have no idea how much I appreciate their service. Nor could they possibly realize how much I appreciate the salute they render, typically with the words "Thank you for your service". I return their salute and reply with the same comment.
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...stationed in the UK ..???

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Some god forsaken place called Lakenheath.
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