160 Remembrance Sunday Poppies

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Remembrance Sunday

The poppy in the UK is a small red flower. It grows wild as a floral free spirit in the fields and waysides.

It has become our most symbolic flower. In bright blood red, it serves  to remind us of the effects of war,  the young soldiers whose own free spirits fell during the two world wars and more recent times.

Paper poppies are worn as a modest embellishment, a decoration of remembrance, as a Tribute to the Fallen.  A 2 minute silence at 11.00am today and at 11.00am on 11th November is nationally observed. Countrywide, poppies will decorate central memorials in towns and cities.

8 November 2015

Stourbridge, UK

© 2015 La Floralie 2

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”


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2 Comments

  1. In Flanders Fields the poppies grow…. we used to wear paper poppies on Remembrance Day…not so much any longer. The Vets and their families who sold them on street corners in the days leading up to the day have all passed and no young have stepped up to take their place.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the experience from Flanders. As I understand, Europe wears the small blue forget-me-not flower does it not? Here, it is very much part of the national UK culture to wear the poppy. Years ago, one would indeed see the older soldiers selling the poppies, but these days the fundraising is a very organised affair and the day receives very substantial TV coverage. National awareness of the poppy and its meaning has increased across generations and ethnicity. At one time, just the memory of those two world wars kept the meaning of the day alive, but recent warfare events have meant that now new generations continue the tradition, many with a real interest in following their family connections right back to those now silent poppy fields.

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