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As remembrance day approaches

Postby hickybank » October 25th, 2018, 1:14 pm

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby Suelle » October 25th, 2018, 1:44 pm

We Shall Keep the Faith by Moina Michael, November 1918
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby suffolk » October 25th, 2018, 1:59 pm

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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby WWordsworth » October 25th, 2018, 6:40 pm

Who wears a poppy then?
I do from 01 November.
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Postby KC2 » October 25th, 2018, 7:56 pm

suffolk wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-45964786


Beautiful, Suffs. Do you remember the poppies at the Tower of London, must have been 2014, 100 years after the outbreak of the First WW?
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Postby Grasshopper » October 25th, 2018, 8:08 pm

Hicks - that poem made me tingle. I already have my poppy lanyard & badges, but I will also get a paper one this weekend.
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby Ratatouille » October 26th, 2018, 12:51 pm

I have one of the poppies from the Tower and it will go outside on the 11th. Our village always has a very moving ceremony and over the last few years we have been allowed to plant poppy crosses beside the local wreats. The flower of remebrance in France is the cornflower.
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Postby icelesley » October 27th, 2018, 7:32 am

I always wear a poppy. I bought an expensive ceramic one which comes out each year, but I also always put money in the collection box.
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby suffolk » October 27th, 2018, 8:21 am

We always buy poppies and wear them on Remembrance Day ... OH wears them for a few days before when in the shop. I also buy a cross for Pa's younger brother ... in past years if they were well enough we used to take the Aged Ps to the war memorial to place it on Remembrance Sunday and DS would push Pa in the parade ... if not then DS or I would place the cross for him in the week prior and we would watch the service from Whitehall on the tv with them.

I'm not sure if we'll be able to get to the usual spot this year as we have a funeral to go to 'up north' but one thing is sure ... my uncle will be remembered ... I promised Pa.

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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby Grasshopper » October 28th, 2018, 7:22 pm

I bought my paper Poppy yesterday, along with a lovely pin badge.
I also have a poppy-covered lanyard, which I'm wearing at 'W'
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby suffolk » October 28th, 2018, 8:51 pm

Stopped at a rural petrol station for fuel today ... bought their last two poppies and their last wooden cross. The collecting ‘tin’ was so full I could hardly get my money in :tu:

Edited cos predictive text turned poppies into pies :chops: :lol:
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby Grasshopper » October 28th, 2018, 9:09 pm

suffolk wrote:Stopped at a rural petrol station for fuel today ... bought their last two pies and their last wooden cross. The collecting ‘tin’ was so full I could hardly get my money in :tu:


Very impressive! :kneel: :kneel: :kneel: :kneel:

Sadly, there are those who STEAL Poppy appeal boxes - such creatures make me sick! :x

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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby earthmaiden » October 28th, 2018, 11:22 pm

I passed our town War Memorial today which stands beside the town hall and saw that a fence had been erected round it. The town hall has some rather nice artistic railings and giant poppies had been stuck on them. The fence round the memorial also had some of the giant ones and strings of knitted ones. It looked really contemporary with, I felt, a clear message that future generations will continue to remember. I love the artistic use of poppies which has developed over the period of the 100 year remembrance, when people create something beautiful it means that they care.
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby suffolk » October 29th, 2018, 4:20 am

I was reading earlier that some of the poppies brooches etc that you can buy are sold by private companies which are ‘cashing in’ and not all make a donation to the Royal British Legion :rolleyes: If you’re buying one of these it’s worth checking :(
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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby Grasshopper » October 29th, 2018, 8:45 pm

suffolk wrote:I was reading earlier that some of the poppies brooches etc that you can buy are sold by private companies which are ‘cashing in’ and not all make a donation to the Royal British Legion :rolleyes: If you’re buying one of these it’s worth checking :(


V well said, Suffs!
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IMVH&HO - if these companies are NOT donating to the RBL, then they should not be selling things with red poppies on!

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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby hickybank » October 29th, 2018, 10:17 pm

This was written by Paul Hunter from Newcastle
I am not a badge of honour,
I am not a racist smear,
I am not a fashion statement,
To be worn but once a year,
I am not glorification
Of conflict or of war.
I am not a paper ornament
A token,
I am more.

I am a loving memory,
Of a father or a son,
A permanent reminder
Of each and every one.

I'm paper or enamel
I'm old or shining new,
I'm a way of saying thank you,
To every one of you.

I am a simple poppy
A Reminder to you all,
That courage faith and honour,
Will stand where heroes fall.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » October 30th, 2018, 2:48 am

Beautiful sentiments here. :hug:

I adore the outpour of love and respect that we see nationwide when this comes around each year.

I have a great, great, great uncle who died fighting for his country over in Greece and have a pile of family history gumpf about him and subsequent family members in a box at the end of my bed. I must go through that soon. As a family we have no photos of him. My oldest living relative in London (my GG aunt) didn't even know he existed until I found his memorial stone by chance in a graveyard near her home in Battersea. How things have changed, where we'd know now if a relative was born, let alone lost their life in such horrendous conditions.

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Re: As remembrance day approaches

Postby earthmaiden » October 30th, 2018, 8:50 am

Lovely poem. It is the simple poppy which is the most poignant. I do like the creativity which has developed though with pretty displays. To me it makes a statement of gratitude that we are all here in a free country able to enjoy beauty.

I think that some poppy jewellery is very pretty. Certainly proceeds should go towards the poppy appeal. It concerns me that some people, having bought a brooch or something, will just
bring it out every year without making further contributions though.
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Postby StokeySue » November 1st, 2018, 11:23 am

A heads up: BBC2 will screen the Peter Jackson WW1 film on Remembrance Sunday. Not yet available for a Tivi link
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Postby Zosherooney » November 4th, 2018, 6:45 am

Whilst out driving through one of our local villages recently, I noticed that the local school must have been busy ! There were poppies of all shapes sizes and designs throughout the village - on every telegraph pole, in garlands hanging from the village hall, on fences.

I don't normally go to church on remembrance Sunday but I think I might this year.
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Postby StokeySue » November 4th, 2018, 11:26 am

Zosherooney wrote:I don't normally go to church on remembrance Sunday but I think I might this year.

The cemetery park opposite here contains graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commision and there will be a ceremony, mainly music, mainly secular, so I think I’ll go
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Postby Ratatouille » November 4th, 2018, 4:35 pm

The ceremony at the was memorial is completely secular. There is an exremely touching part though when the small people from the local school; take turns to read out the (not enormously long) list of all those who have died in all conflicts. it always brings a lump to the throat especially when they all intone "Mort pour La France" after each one
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Postby StokeySue » November 4th, 2018, 4:43 pm

In 2014 they made a very good radio documentary with Oete Waterman tracking the story of his uncle, same name, and the rest of the Coventry unit. The point at which I started crying was when he looked at their memorial in Flanders and read the names, saying the roster of names was almost that of his primary school class in Coventry, same families and many named in honour of a relative who had died in WW1
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Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » November 5th, 2018, 8:26 pm

In our village a pair of soldiers boots for each resident who died during the war are ‘marching’ through the village all week. They’re moved to a different spot each day and will finish their walk in the memorial garden. Seeing the rows of boots as they’re moved through the village is really lovely. Each boot has a poppy in it and a sign saying marching home.
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Postby Grasshopper » November 5th, 2018, 9:04 pm

I went to Otley on Saturday. There was a huge cascade of knitted poppies flowing from the top of the church, and a huge swathe of even more poppies pouring over the churchyard wall in a stunning and very moving display. I got chatting to an elderly lady who was also admiring the poppies (shame I had no camera!). I told her about my Grandfather and his war service. She told me about her father, who had joined up under-age, before being sent to fight at the Somme. He was badly injured, his life being saved by a German doctor. He lived until he was 92, and still full of shrapnel.

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Postby StokeySue » November 5th, 2018, 10:34 pm

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Here are the Otley knitted poppies, I’ve seen pictures as many of the poppies were knitted by the WI
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Postby suffolk » November 7th, 2018, 10:39 am

Driving though the villages of the High Peaks yesterday we saw many very moving poppy tributes, shadows and silhouettes of the fallen etc.

While this is the centenery year of the 1918 Armistice and worthy of special note, I'm also thinking of the remaining few WW2 veterans, many of whom will not see another Remembrance Sunday ... we must remember them and their comrades this year too.
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Postby StokeySue » November 7th, 2018, 1:11 pm

I went yesterday to see the Remembrance installation of torches in the moat at the Tower of London

Here are the details - the full name is Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers
https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/the-tower-remembers/?gclid=CjwKCAiAt4rfBRBKEiwAC678KRfia3PQW9b0fhAFyKqhpwcNhNOgaeTuPuyvM5lTMSDJNiqbmHOnFxoCqHwQAvD_BwE#gs.EEH_1Q8

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For comparison here's a picture of the installation, also designed by Tom Piper, that I took from the same spot four years ago

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Postby suffolk » November 7th, 2018, 1:13 pm

Beautiful Sue ... thanks :hug:
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Postby Ratatouille » November 7th, 2018, 2:01 pm

That is so beautiful and moving. It must have been wonderful to see. Thank you Sue :hug:
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Postby KC2 » November 7th, 2018, 2:14 pm

Gorgeous, Sue - great pics!
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Postby Busybee » November 7th, 2018, 3:04 pm

Thank you Sue, we did flirt with the idea of going down to London to see this. Because it’s best (only) seen at night it really would have meant an overnight stay so we decided to pass.

It’s rather lovely to see but as you say I think the poppy installation had more of an impact. Our village is lighting a beacon on Sunday night - along with thousands of others, in addition to the usual remembrance activities, I do hope they get a good turnout. 7.15pm on a school night in Winter, I’m not sure they will get the same turnout as the Queen’s diamond jubilee, which is what they are aiming for.

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Postby earthmaiden » November 7th, 2018, 3:21 pm

Thank you Sue. The poppies were thought provoking but these little beacons shining in the darkness seem to say it all.
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Postby hickybank » November 7th, 2018, 3:37 pm

A giant poppy featuring the names of every British and Commonwealth serviceman and woman lost in World War One has been unveiled.The 2.6m-tall (8.5ft) Poppy of Honour includes 1,115,471 individual remembrance poppies.A service took place in Wincanton in Somerset where the memorial made of steel and glass is on display.Each smaller poppy bears the name of a soldier, along with their rank and the date they were killed or went missing.
Sam Smalldon, secretary of the Royal Engineers Association in Taunton, who helped with the project, said he "couldn't be a prouder man"."We've had 275,000 people from 37 countries writing out [the names] on the poppies," he said.The memorial will tour Somerset before the end of the year and will be put on show next year at the Tower of London and at Ypres in Belgium.


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Postby Zosherooney » November 7th, 2018, 4:16 pm

We have some steep escarpments locally and yesterday on returning home in gorgeous afternoon light I spotted something in the distance on the side of a steep slope. Initially we thought it was a place where hangliders/paracenders take off. As we got closer it turned out to be one HUGE poppy

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We have a remembrance service happening in our village church. We have decided we will attend.
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Postby suffolk » November 7th, 2018, 4:49 pm

At the funeral on Monday there were three teenagers who'd flown over from the US with their parents ... they were fascinated by the poppies and the story behind it ... they all put their money in the tin and bought their poppies ... they wanted to know more so I've emailed them some stuff to read with their parents when they get home. :tu:
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Postby hickybank » November 8th, 2018, 9:34 am

This has left me stunned
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this is a cake that was made by Emma Jayne Cake Design to help remember the animals that gave for us, remember all gave some, some gave all! The cake which is life size has just been displayed at Cake International, it's a fantastic piece of work/art and I'm sure you'll agree the lovely Emma Jayne (and she is) deserves high recognition for 1 being brave enough to do it (with the attitude of some of todays anti brigades) and 2 for the incredible work and likeness!
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Postby PatsyMFagan » November 8th, 2018, 10:23 am

OH my..... that brought tears to my eyes :cry:
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Postby jrc » November 9th, 2018, 8:54 am

Hello :hug:

Not been around. Life , work and health has been getting in the way. :hug:

My late grandad was a retired RSM in the Devonshire Dorset regiment. He was invited to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph. He spent weeks trying to practice but in the end was not allowed as he had lost his leg many years prior and although he had a prosthetic leg they were no way as sophisticated as the ones that are available today and the mechanism in the knee would not allow him to step back.
They said although someone could take the wreath from him but if he couldn’t physically take a step back it would be disrespectful and disbarred him from the honour. :(

Very sad.
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Postby earthmaiden » November 9th, 2018, 4:06 pm

That's a bit of a sad story jrc. Did he lose his leg whilst serving? At least we can remember everyone at our services, ceremonies and quiet moments.
Sorry to hear things have been difficult - hope you can take it easy sometime. :hug:

The cake is amazing Hickey - wow!
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Postby jrc » November 9th, 2018, 10:10 pm

EM yes my grandad lost his leg whilst in active service. He was born in 1905 and died in 1991. Sadly the prosthetics weren’t as sophisticated as they are now. He lost his leg above the knee and had straps that went around his waist and diagonally across his shoulder. The knee mechanism worked by him using his stump by throwing it forward and locking somehow to make it safe to progress but failed to have any reverse mechanism.
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Postby Zosherooney » November 10th, 2018, 6:46 pm

I feel in a bit of a strange place.... Tomorrow will be for thoughts of people who laid their lives down so that we are here today. Also for my Dad who had an elongated journey to this country from Poland via Siberia and all around the Med. and gave him a life here. He nearly didn't make it due to being torpedoed, having to abandon ship in life rafts - not enough to go round and hanging on others shoulders in the sea with sharks circling and picking them off one by one. Finally arriving in Liverpool in his jim jams and nothing else to his name. I sometimes need a reality check when I moan about life....... A lot of those did not even get out of their teens. :cry: Lest we forget
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Postby Grasshopper » November 11th, 2018, 8:14 pm

Just lads, many of them :(

That cake looks incredible :kneel: :kneel: :kneel: :kneel: :kneel:

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