Tuesday, November 11, 2008

poppies...we remember.

A couple of you mentioned poppies (Dar and Trish :) , I just had to share these amazing shots from Wikipedia, and a little info too :) Enjoy!

Image:Remebrance poppy ww2 section of Aust war memorial.jpg

Image:Lest we forget.jpg
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the poppy and veterans day, just in case you want to get an education :) I love poppies!!

Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war; this was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.[1]

In the United States of America, the American Legion distributes crepe-paper poppies in exchange for contributions. "Poppy Day" is usually the same as or near Memorial Day in May.[26]. However, many Legion groups also make poppies available around November 11th.[27][28]

In Canada, the poppy is worn by many members of society during the two weeks prior to November 11.

The Canadian poppies consist of two pieces of moulded plastic covered with flocking with a pin to attach them to clothing. The head portion of the pin is bent at an angle in a simple unusual design that requires a unique machine at manufacturing. Originally the poppies were manufactured with a black centre. From 1980 to 2002 the centres were changed to green to represent the green hills of Flanders. Current designs are black only; this reversion caused notable confusion and controversy to those unfamiliar with the original design.[24] Until 1996, poppies were made by disabled veterans in Canada, but they have since been made by a private contractor.[25]

Image:Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with poppies.jpg

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Trish said...

Love the pictures. I remember very vividly wearing the poppies at school during today--hubby and I were actually just talking about this tradition. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful post. I love the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! B, thanks so much ..!

The first pic and all the other pics are just Gorgeous!


Now I know!

Dar said...

Thanks so much for this post Bethany-it's great. The poppies and the wreaths they make with them here are so beautiful. Yesterday watching the ceremony brings so many emotions for those who fought and do fight for our countries. We have one veteran -108 yrs old-left from the war. He was so proud and should be. Ok, sorry for the ramble this morning. I just really loved this post.