When's the right time to start wearing a poppy?

Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by von Poop, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  2. -tmm-

    -tmm- Senior Member

    I'll wear mine on remembrance day, and usually I don't see the point of wearing it at any other time. I don't need a poppy on my shirt to remember. Having said that I'll be at a 1940s dance this weekend to raise money for the Royal British Legion and will wear it then too.
     
  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    I usually wear a Poppy about a week before the day, but having said that, I find it increasingly more difficult these days to find a seller, went to three or four shops before I could find one.

    Regards
    Peter
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Usually in the week running up to Remembrance Sunday.
    I did buy another one to put on the new car but the grill is different & it doesn't fit.
    :(
     
  5. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Here in Canada, we will have a brief service at the Cenotaph complete with the raising of the Poppy flag on Friday at 11. The Poppies will be distributed until the 11th.

    I wear it at all ceremonials, as well as the funerals of the old lads who answer the eternal pay parade. I also have a magnetic one on the rear of my car. It has been stolen twice!

    To me, a poppy is an attitude -- of remembrance, of appreciation, and of sacrifice.

    To you, from failing hands we throw
    the torch; be yours to hold it high,
    if ye break faith with us who die,
    we shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
    In Flander's Fields.

    At the going down of the Sun, and in the morning,
    we will remember them.

    phil
     
  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I don't see what the fuss is about in that article... a 'race' to wear one, a 'right time'? Have they nothing better to write about? Surely it is a matter of personal choice.

    In my view it is clearly a symbol not only of remembrance this coming Nov., but also a way of showing that you have donated to a charity which only really only does it major fund-raising at this time of year. (I also like to think that wearing one is encouraging others to do so, as well as letting collectors know that I have already given.) It is not like Christmas coming early in the shops, as was stated in the article, the RBL can't be everywhere all at once !

    I wear mine from the day I get it - which was yesterday evening, and thanks to a lovely lady who was collecting despite the wind and rain. My kids were keen to have theirs pinned on their jackets straight away too. I also have an enamel badge which I wear when the paper poppy gets a bit tatty, or falls off as they sometimes do.
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I kind of think 'from the point the appeal's officially launched' (Which I believe was yesterday?), practically though, from roughly the first of November onwards.

    I do sometimes wonder if the Poppy itself is cunningly designed to fall off and get lost in order to nudge you back to the collecting tin... seem to get through about four every year, and the kids probably more.
     
  8. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    . I also have an enamel badge which I wear when the paper poppy gets a bit tatty, or falls off as they sometimes do.


    Sometimes?:lol:

    I wear an enamel poppy (different ones for different jackets) - along with a small enamel cornflower which, for some reason, usually attracts more interest than the poppy - all year round. I gave up with the paper ones some time back as I got sick of wearing just a shiny metal pin on the run up to Nov 11th!

    Dave.
     
  9. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    I kind of think 'from the point the appeal's officially launched' (Which I believe was yesterday?), practically though, from roughly the first of November onwards.

    I do sometimes wonder if the Poppy itself is cunningly designed to fall off and get lost in order to nudge you back to the collecting tin... seem to get through about four every year, and the kids probably more.

    Yes, yesterday was the official launch of this years appeal. Very pleasingly, a colleague phoned the RBL last week and a bloke turned up yesterday with a box of poppies, crosses and wristbands together with a collecting box. Now installed in the reception here at the office. Collection going well but I'm pleased to see a version of the 'water-cooler' kind of conversation taking place, prompted by the poppies.

    H
     
  10. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Sometimes?:lol:

    I wear an enamel poppy (different ones for different jackets) - along with a small enamel cornflower which, for some reason, usually attracts more interest than the poppy - all year round. I gave up with the paper ones some time back as I got sick of wearing just a shiny metal pin on the run up to Nov 11th!

    Dave.

    Point taken Dave :D I don't so much end up with a solitary shiny pin as a green plastic stick with a black button on the end of it...:rolleyes:

    VP I agree about the design, but also wonder why they make them of that paper now... I remember the favourite thing to do with poppies when I was in school was to split the 'felt' ones into thinner petals... but they did last so much longer than those we have now.

    The solution clearly is to get enough poppies to start with and keep one for best.
     
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  12. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Wristbands?

    Aha:
    The Royal British Legion Riders Branch

    The wrist bands we have been 'issued' with are blue, with alternating union jack and poppy motifs. I met the Legion Riders chappie a couple of weeks ago, big respect to him and his colleagues...

    H
     
  13. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    When is the right time? Whenever the individual feels it is appropriate, thats when. Its a moving symbol and sold for a good cause so feel free is what I say.
     
  14. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    Same here, Dave!

    Especially as you dont seem to be able to find any poppy sellers :mellow:





    Sometimes?:lol:
    I wear an enamel poppy
     

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  15. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    When I see a tin. And about a half dozen more as I lose em. Simples people... No debate.. Just buy em.
     
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    When I see a tin. ... Just buy em.
    That is indeed about the size of it.
     
  17. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Sometimes?:lol:

    I wear an enamel poppy (different ones for different jackets) - along with a small enamel cornflower which, for some reason, usually attracts more interest than the poppy - all year round. I gave up with the paper ones some time back as I got sick of wearing just a shiny metal pin on the run up to Nov 11th!

    Dave.

    I wear a small enamel one on my jacket all year around and from the official RBL launch of the annual Poppy Appeal I wear a normal Poppy.

    Dave,

    I take it that you are aware of the symbolism of the blue cornflower enamel badge? especially in what was German occupied Europe.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Personal preference IMO.

    I have had the same paper/plastic poppy in my car since 1998 and I have a pin popping that I bought when I was a copper and wore it perminately on my body armour. It is now worn perminately on a green shirt.
     
  19. DoctorD

    DoctorD WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Just returned from a second two hour stint outside the Coop - ou!err! my 84year old aching back:( :(. Collection boxes are a queer shape and don't hold too much of the small change they've got in their hands from the check-out! Also not too many keen on the paperwork involved in filling in a Gift Aid form (which also takes up room in the collection box). The new format with sticky backs are very popular - pity they fall off so easily. The kids are lovely though! Just love putting all those coppers in the tin. Branch Chairman likes us to wear the campaign medals (one kid said - "Coo! He's got a lot of BADGES!" Thnk I'll have a cuppa now.
    P.S. Who cares when they wear them - as long as we keep collecting for the poor sods returning from the latest Government folly!
    P.P.S As well as for the sadly bereaved families of those who'll never be sent again.
     
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  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I joined the RBL the other week (I always said I wouldn't) and I was quite surprised by how much the state owes the RBL. I can't remember the ball park figure but it was over several million pounds !
     

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