Poppy

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by scotthayes, Nov 8, 2007.

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Poppy or not

Poll closed Nov 13, 2007.
  1. Always get one

    21 vote(s)
    52.5%
  2. Not yet but will do

    6 vote(s)
    15.0%
  3. Never get one

    13 vote(s)
    32.5%
  1. scotthayes macrumors 68000

    scotthayes

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    #1
    are you wearing a poppy this year? Noticed over the last few years the number of people wearing them seems to get fewer each year. Another thing I've noticed the 18-30 age group seem to never wear them.
     
  2. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    #2
    the wife always gets a poppy, i should after myself, my brother and grandfather served in the forces (not at the same time), i guess to the younger generation it's not as important as it is to the older generation, as time goes by people forget :rolleyes:

    i wonder if more people would wear a poppy if they were given away free in the daily papers
     
  3. iGav macrumors G3

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  4. richkent72 macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure how younger people can forget - after all we're fighting two wars at present which are on the TV most days. The poppies aren't just to remember those killed in the World Wars.

    The poppies are to support the British Legion and the excellent work it does for injured service men and the relatives of those killed and injured. Giving them away would be completely wrong.
     
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    #5
    There should be another option for the poll: What the heck is a poppy?
     
  6. scotthayes thread starter macrumors 68000

    scotthayes

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    #6
    Please tell me you are not from the UK.

    Have a read of this site. The Royal British Legion or this one
     
  7. Queso macrumors G4

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    #7
    I haven't bought one in years, and this year I most likely won't either.
     
  8. CortexRock macrumors 6502

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    I always buy a Poppy. Regardless of my opinions about the justification for wars, it's about helping the poor buggers who have to go off to some dusty craphole to fight, get wounded and possibly die for scumbag politicians/businessmen and their perverted aims.
     
  9. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Not after the way the army treated my grandfather.
     
  10. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    #10
    Haha I seconded the "what the heck is a poppy" remark, I clicked on this thread thinking it was someone going off on a rant about poppy seeds :)

    And yes, I am NOT from the U.K.
     
  11. lofight macrumors 68000

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  12. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    #12
    You do know that the Royal British Legion is a charity for people who suffered from this sort of thing right?

    I always buy one, although I lost the one I bought the other day. Not sure how.
     
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I've not got one yet, but I'll make sure I'm poppied up for the weekend.
     
  14. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    #14
    Haha. I'm from the U.S. I looked it up on wikipedia, so I'm caught up to speed. Thanks for the link.

    ...Oh! I will not be buying a poppy. :)
     
  15. scotthayes thread starter macrumors 68000

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    #15
    I did get some strange looks last November when I was in Boston proudly wearing my poppy.
     
  16. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    it's mainly a UK thing :),
    and if they were giving them away in the papers, they would have to make a donation to give them away, gaureenting the legion gets something :D
     
  17. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    #17
    Every once in a while you'll see handicapped vets selling them on the streets in the US (principally in larger cities), but for the most part it's a Europe and Canada thing. I remember buying one when I lived in France. I got them a few times in Canada too...
     
  18. zioxide macrumors 603

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    #18
    what he said
     
  19. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Yes. I have two - one on a coat and one on a jacket. The only time I haven't worn one in the last week is when wearing my leather jacket since there's nowhere to attach it to.

    So how much do people put in as a donation?
     
  20. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    #20
    I usually try to give around £5. If I am going to give something to someone on the street I aim for that amount. I don't do it very often though.
     
  21. zioxide macrumors 603

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    #21
    oh so after reading wiki apparently it's a flower that you pin on your coat to signify rememberance for veterans day?
     
  22. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    #22
    <-- USA

    Hmmm...

    I remember getting these all the time when I was a kid in elementary school in the 70s and 80s.
    I hadn't thought of them or even seen one in years..
    I wonder, are the same make still? Cheap red fabric petals on a green wire?

    My father is a WWII Vet, and he doesn't go for this sort of thing.
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    #23
    Paper and plastic now, I'm afraid.
     
  24. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #24
    Undoubtedly "Made in China". :rolleyes:
     
  25. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    #25
    I always buy one. I volunteered to sell them this year, but the British Legion never got back to me.
    I always think of them as a rememberence of the two world wars, especially as the poppy being worn in rememberence originates from the poppy fields of the Somme in world war 1. I think it's incredibly important to remember that 90 and 75 years ago the world stopped and the men of this (and other) country(ies) put aside their lives to go and fight for the worlds freedom, and the rest of the country pulled together to help support them. The war veterans from then deserve to be remembered. The ones who are left deserve their day of recognition and thanks. I wonder how the country would react today, would the country as a whole pull together for a vital cause? I don't think so.
    I'm 25 if it makes any difference. I will always buy a poppy.
     

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