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Old 25 October 2017, 21:59
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TheStory of the Flanders Fields Remembrance Day Poppy

A bit of history I wasn't familiar with until recently:

www.greatwar.co.uk/article/remembrance-poppy.htm
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Old 26 October 2017, 22:40
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"In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row...."

I don't know about now, but 45 years ago when I went to school in Canada, everyone was VERY familiar with this poem. You had to be able to recite it. The Canadians take Remembrance Day seriously. America really didn't lose that many guys the one year we were in the war. By contrast, there was a fairly large town in the interior of British Columbia that turned into a ghost town when the regiment formed by the menfolk was wiped out at the Battle of the Somme, where 60,000 died in the first hour.
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Old 27 October 2017, 07:29
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Bob: I graduated from high school 16 years ago, and we were still reciting it then. I'm pretty sure they still get kids to memorize and recite it.

I've been to small northern communities where the roads are gravel, even in town, and the street signs are no-shit spray-painted with stencils. Yet, they still have a large and impressive Cenotaph.

Remembrance Day (11 NOV) ceremonies are still very well attended in most communities that I have been to. I'm proud that we've been able to preserve so much reverence for this particular aspect of history.

We will remember them.
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I have a red poppy hanging on my fridge...it is refreshed every Veterans Day.
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