The Poppy is a wonderful way of commemorating those who have fallen in both World Wars. One of the tragedies of this Country (Republic of Ireland) is that the Poppy is seen as a symbol of England and also of Unionism which means that it is not seen as a positive symbol in the way it is seen in the United Kingdom. Here is an article from an Irish Journalist in 2004 which gives an opinion about it. Please note the following: 1. This is not a knock on the wearing of the Poppy. Personally I think its a really emotive symbol and the purchasing of one ensures it goes to a good cause. This thread does not need flaming posts defending the wearing of it. you'll be singing to the choir 2. This is also not a political discussion. I am merely commenting on the issue that some people in the Republic of Ireland have with it as a symbol. Here is the article link: Why I won't wear your poppy -Times Online feel free to take issue with it but I would ask people to try and be polite if its possible. Its more about the fact that its an emotive issue than a judgement on either side. And I dont want it to go down that route if possible.