Sunday, 8 November 2015

Time for poppies

It is Remembrance Sunday today, a fittingly grey and gloomy Sunday. I have not much to say about it, except that I will try this year to keep my poppy on, although I always struggle. I said yesterday that November here is the month of fireworks, but it is not quite true: it truly is the month of the poppy. They are everywhere: in shops, in the street where they are sold by army cadets or veterans and of course on the everybody's coat or shirt. For a while at least, because I am not the only one struggling to keep the poppy on, apparently. Back in 2008, I blogged about In Flanders Fields, the poem by John McCrae which inspired the tradition of paper poppies. Today, I have decided to share a short documentary video made by The Royal British Legion telling the story of the tradition. Since I cannot keep a poppy on due to a hand full of thumbs, I can at least do this much to commemorate and remember.

2 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

My remembrance day post is going to focus on this poem too. 2015 is the centenary of its writing.

Deborah ShireGardener said...

I think we can all be forgiven if we can't keep our poppies on today, or the rest of the week. I have just been gifted a lovely, hand made fabric pin, which I shall wear but have already donated so don't feel too badly about not wearing the disintegrating paper poppy. I donate more if I am wearing my own poppy than if I just have a paper poppy.