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

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

  1. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Where on your car? I'm thinking 4 big ones, one on each rim :)


    Only bought two back from the UK - maybe I could put one on each wing mirror? :D
     
  2. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    We are now in times where there are many thousands of Armed Forces personnel who have been killed or wounded and I think that rather than something that should be worn around November I have no difficulty with people wearing a small poppy every day.
     
  3. Medic7922

    Medic7922 Senior Member

    I have seen a small light blue Forget me Knots enamel badge being worn on some men lapels, I have been told it's a reminder of the Freemasons murdered by the Nazis.
     
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I have seen a small light blue Forget me Knots enamel badge being worn on some men lapels, I have been told it's a reminder of the Freemasons murdered by the Nazis.

    If I remember correctly, I was told that the forget me not enamel badge is in recognition of the fact that during the Nazi times Freemasonry had to go underground in Germany and the occupied countries and the forget-me-knot was worn as a recognition symbol.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  5. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Medic, Tom, I also heard that about the blue 'forget me not'.
    I wear an enamel poppy badge all year round together with a 'help for heroes' enamel medal.
    Paper Poppies are for Remembrancetide only in my opinion.
     
  6. piaf

    piaf Member

    Do you mean 'Le Bleuet de France"?
    This is the Cornflower and the French equivalent of the Poppy.
    It is usually a paper badge which is sold and worn on November 11th;
    Regards
    Gill
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Piaf,

    The story was told me when I asked a friend who was wearing a metal blue enamelled Forget me knot Pin Lapel Badge.

    He was wearing it as he was a "Master" and had recently visited Germany and was given one and told the story, which he passed on to me.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  8. piaf

    piaf Member

    Thank you for clarifying that Tom
    Best wishes
    Gill
     
  9. Stormbird

    Stormbird Restless

    Where on your car? I'm thinking 4 big ones, one on each rim :)

    Poppy Shop Buy car Poppy at Poppy Shop - Royal British Legion online Poppy Shop with great selection of Poppy gifts

    This is one option. Probably a bit traditional, but very visible.
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    My car poppy stays on all year round. (Thank you so much, MikeL !!)

    Like for Tom in Berlin, this is not a poppy country. I get some comments on the nice flower with which I have decorated my car and so a chance to explain.

    In a few weeks time (celebrations of Liberation Day on 8th May and National Independence on 17th May) I hope to collect some photo evidence on how the war dead are commemorated in this country.
    This will actually be my first chance since joining the forum, as I have been deployed for two consecutive Mays. :sign_war:
     
  10. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    My pleasure Stormy!! :)
     
  11. Alanst500

    Alanst500 Senior Member

    My Regiment wear The poppy on Minden Day 1st August every year, Behind their Cap badges the reason escapes me at the moment something to do with WW1 i think.
     
  12. yeoman97

    yeoman97 Junior Member

    There was a tray of poppies inside New Zealand House in London last week: Gallipoli
     
  13. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Stormy, I've settled on having it stuck to the rear of my rearview mirror (good old blu-tack). That way it's visible, I can keep it there all year round, and I don't have to worry about someone 'borrowing' it (we don't have them in NZ)!
     
  14. Chris Lock

    Chris Lock Junior Member

    The Le bleuet today is very French and is worn for the very same reasons as per the poppy. The bleuet was also the original flower of remembrance as worn by the Ypres League members on conclusion of the war. The poppy only became the symbol of remembrance in the UK and elsewhere after the demise of the Ypres League.
    The bleuet has nothing whatsoever to do with Freemasons in France or anywhere else come to that!
     
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    My Regiment wear The poppy on Minden Day 1st August every year, Behind their Cap badges the reason escapes me at the moment something to do with WW1 i think.

    I thought that was roses for Minden Day to commemorate the Battle of Minden in 1759.

    Minden Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  16. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Sometimes, it is a question of where you wear your poppy!

    In 2010, I left for a business trip to Dallas on November 9th.

    Needless to say, I was wearing my poppy and did so throughout the 3 day trip. I received more than a few strange glances from U.S. folks who must have thought it was simply a fashion statement.
    For the many who inquired about the poppy and learned about the meaning, the comments were unanimously positive and most expressed that it was a symbol they would like to see in the States as well.
     
  17. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    My Regiment wear The poppy on Minden Day 1st August every year, Behind their Cap badges the reason escapes me at the moment something to do with WW1 i think.

    The 1st Hamps celebrated Minden Day on 1 Aug 1944 by wearing flowers in their helmets when they went into the attack for Operation BLUECOAT.
     
  18. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Paper Poppies are for Remembrancetide only in my opinion.


    Who on earth invented that word ?

    It's sounds a tad ridiculous.
     
  19. martin14

    martin14 Senior Member

  20. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    What I like about the small metal and enamel Poppy Badge, is that you can wear it all year around.

    The normal RBL Poppy is normally reserved for the Remembrance Day run up and Ceremony.

    Regards
    Tom
     

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