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  1. Yesterday I was at a meeting which is held in one our Returned Service’s League (RSL) and I looked up at the poppy wreath we made for them last year. They have it hanging on the wall along with two others. I wondered how many people would think about it next Monday. It’s a working day here but many places do stop for a moment. I always do and I want other people to do it too…as they say, those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

  2. Amen … I agree. Do you think the ship will have poppies onboard? Have’nt found any in Germany. Leave for Barcelona tomorrow.

    • It is very much a UK/Commonwealth/US thing. Depending on the cruise line -they will hold a moment of silence

  3. Thank you so much for remembering Nov 11. No one sells poppies in the US anymore. I have the last one I bought in Europe in my office at work. My son in law is in Djoubiti in harm’s way. I think of my uncle Ralph, who died on July 4, 1919, the day he returned from the Great War. After being faded in France, and hospitalized for several months- he died on the day he made it home. My mother was 4 years old – and she never forgot…

    • It is easier for most to forget. The demographics of who serves has changed so much, so many have pay only lip service to veterans. The effects on families are lasting and worthy of honor.

  4. As a child, we would sell poppies in the schools (as well as lifeboat badges for Lifeboat Day). When someone visited the school – be it parents, trades people, etc. someone would be at reception to sell the poppies. I don’t think Lifeboat Day happens any more. It’s left up to each Lifeboat Station to have their own ‘day’. Not quite the same but may be more profitable for those with the enthusiasm and energy.

    There will be poppy sellers here in Sydney and, no doubt, around Australia. A day worth remembering. As you know, though, ANZAC Day garners greater attention when we raid all the blooming rosemary plants!

  5. Great post! Beautifully said!

    Question: I get that the US wanted to recognize and honor those who lived by creating Veterans’ Day, but why did they do it on 11 Nov and then create Memorial Day to honor those who died at the end of May. If they’d kept 11 Nov for the fallen and May for the Veterans, then all the allies would be honoring the fallen on 11 Nov…. maybe you have a logical explanation?

    Growing up in the 70s, it was still easy to get a poppy in NY. My father always bought them for us. They became more difficult to find in the late 80s. But they are everywhere in England.

    • Armistice Day was changed to Veteran’s Day in the US by act of Congress in 1956. Memorial Day at that point wasn’t directed toward service members specifically. It was still a day of remembering specifically WWI, expanded to WWII and the Korean War. It wasn’t till after the Viet Nam War and the US general population got over it’s general dislike of all things military that Memorial Day expanded.

  6. Well said, Holly.

    I was interested to see that the road leading south from Ottawa to the Ogdensburg Bridge over the St Lawrence River, which marks the border, has been named the Veterans’ Memorial Highway. There are poppy emblems on the road signs.

  7. Beautiful. Thank you.

    My grandfather, a WWI veteran himself, had a brother who was a pilot in that war. Very few of those pilots came home. My great uncle was not one of the ones who did.

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