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Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
The Independent   
Joe Sommerlad • November 11, 2018

Every year the Royal British Legion sells red paper poppies to raise money for servicemen and women.

The organisation has done so every year since 1921, importing to Britain an idea first proposed by American academic Moina Michael, who suggested sporting handmade silk poppies to remember those US servicemen killed during the First World War.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/remembrance-day-2018-why-wear-145400965.html
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Re: Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 06:19:42 PM »
Since it's so hugely popular in the UK, I had no idea it was imported there from the USA.
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Re: Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 07:01:49 PM »
I haven't seen anyone with poppies for years. I used to get them when I was a kid. Remembering my dad who served and is no longer with me so I can't thank him for his service as I did every year.

Did get the thank my husband for his naval service.

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Re: Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 10:40:25 PM »
In 1918, Lt. Col. John McCrae serving w/the British at Ypres, Belgium penned the Poem below;

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

In Flanders Fields, the Poppies blow
Between the Crosses, row on row,
(which continued for another 13 lines)

This was the catalyst for the Red Poppy tradition.

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Re: Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2018, 10:41:54 PM »
Didn't a Canadian write that poem, just kind of going from memory.

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Re: Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 11:06:59 PM »
Didn't a Canadian write that poem, just kind of going from memory.
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Re: Remembrance Day: Why do we wear red poppies in tribute to fallen soldiers?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2018, 11:10:16 AM »
I’m behind on this thread but I have a poppy pin that I wear every year.
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