Wear Your Poppy With Pride.

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  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    No - never heard of it until now! Will check it out sometime soon.
  2. DuncaninFrance

    DuncaninFrance Junior Member

    WEAR A POPPY<o></o>
    By Don Crawford<o></o>
    "Please wear a poppy", the lady said<o></o>
    And held one forth, but I shook my head.<o></o>
    Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,<o></o>
    And her face was old and lined with care;<o></o>
    But beneath the scars the years had made<o></o>
    There remained a smile that refused to fade.<o></o>
    A boy came whistling down the street,<o></o>
    Bouncing along on carefree feet.<o></o>
    His smile was full of joy and fun,<o></o>
    "Lady", said he, "may I have one"?<o></o>
    When she'd pinned it on he turned to say,<o></o>
    "Why do we wear a poppy today"?<o></o>
    The lady smiled in her wistful way<o></o>
    And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,<o></o>
    And the poppy there is the symbol for<o></o>
    The gallant men who died in war.<o></o>
    And because they did, you and I are free –<o></o>
    That's why we wear a poppy, you see.
    "I had a boy about your size,<o></o>
    With golden hair and big blue eyes.<o></o>
    He loved to play and jump and shout,<o></o>
    Free as a bird he would race about.<o></o>
    As the years went by he learned and grew<o></o>
    and became a man – as you will, too.<o></o>
    "He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,<o></o>
    But he'd seemed with us such a little while.<o></o>
    When war broke out and he went away<o></o>
    I still remember his face that day.<o></o>
    When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,<o></o>
    I'll be back soon, Mum, so please don't cry.<o></o>
    "But the war went on and he had to stay,<o></o>
    And all I could do was wait and pray.<o></o>
    His letters told of the awful fight,<o></o>
    (I can see it still in my dreams at night).<o></o>
    With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,<o></o>
    And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire<o></o>
    "Till at last, at last, the war was won –<o></o>
    And that's why we wear a poppy son".<o></o>
    The small boy turned as if to go,<o></o>
    Then said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.<o></o>
    That sure did sound like an awful fight,<o></o>
    But your son – did he come back all right"?<o></o>
    A tear rolled down each faded cheek,<o></o>
    She shook her head, but didn't speak.<o></o>
    I slunk away in a sort of shame,<o></o>
    And if you were me you'd have done the same,<o></o>
    For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,<o></o>
    Though our freedom was bought – and<o></o>
    Thousands paid!<o></o>
    And so when we see a poppy worn,<o></o>
    Let us reflect on the burden borne,<o></o>
    By those who gave their very all.<o></o>
    When asked to answer their country's call<o></o>
    That we at home in peace might live.<o></o>
    Then wear a poppy! Remember – and give!<o></o>
  3. raider

    raider Temporarily Suspended account.

    Have finished my two week,s selling poppy,s for the R.B.L. , had help one day was a army cadet next was an Air traing corps cadet , had agreat time with them over that time . Now back to daily routine and polishing shoe,s for next year.
    I allways carry a poppy in jacket pocket.

    raider........for our tomorrow they gave there todat
  4. martin14

    martin14 Senior Member

    Whole pile of contacts here mate;


    PM me your address and I'll send you a pair.



    Had a friend in Canada mail a bagfull last year.

    I have been planting them in the different Cemeteries I have visited
    in France, Italy and Switzerland.
    Burying them so the groundskeepers will never see them or remove them.
    Hopefully, they will really stay there forever.
  5. Nicola_G

    Nicola_G Senior Member

    I have always bought and worn a poppy :)
  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    dbf likes this.

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