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PostSubject: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:34 pm

For all of those that it applies to, thank you and have a great Veteran's day!
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:55 pm

hail Thankyou for giving your time, lives and souls for us. heart
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:24 pm

Thanks for reminding me of this.
I should go call my dad since he's not around to give a hug too. sad or frown
Happy Veteran's Day to the rest of y'all & thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:30 pm

Red poppies or white??
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:06 pm

Preferably red, although in the states we go for yellow ribbons.
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:14 pm

Why do you prefer the red poppies, may I ask?
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:30 pm

Red feels like a good color for a remembrance day. White flowers remind me of a wedding or a funeral. Just a personal opinion on the matter.
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:03 pm

I'm taking my bf out to dinner tomorrow to celebrate Veteran's Day, seeing that he's been fighting in Iraq for 4 years now. I thank my grandpa all of the brave men and women who have lost their lives, served in the armed forces and those who sacrificed everything so that we could have better lives. Thank You! hail hail
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:24 pm

In memory of my Great Uncle Hywel (My Nain's brother) I shall be taking part in the two minutes silence at 11am tomorrow. I dont wear a poppy because I believe that you can honour people without "putting it all on show" but I don't disrespect anybody who honours the dead in that way

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:26 pm

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I dont wear a poppy because I believe that you can honour people without "putting it all on show" but I don't disrespect anybody who honours the dead in that way

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And thats what I think! I dont wear a poppy myself and everyone at work seems to frown upon it... Go figure..

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:29 pm

Not you too???????

I was asked today why I don't wear one and the answer was just shrugged off. I just believe in remembering people in a quiet and dignified way and not because somebody dictates that you do so in a "national" manner

Don't get me wrong, if I hear "The Last Post" I blub my eyes out but I just find public displays of mourning a bit distasteful

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:30 pm

What's a red poppie? are those the things at the beginning of Pink Floyd's The Wall?
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:31 pm

http://www.poppy.org/

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:33 pm

I believe that the idea of the poppy as a symbol for Remembrance Day came from the following poem which is in itself a quite beautiful little piece of work


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:34 pm

Oh, it's a flower...

So, it's like those ribbons they use for different causes then
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:35 pm

I was just about to write that Mrs. D shock
I had to edit.

But I believe that's why Canadian's wear poppies on Remembrance day

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:38 pm

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Oh, it's a flower...

So, it's like those ribbons they use for different causes then

The poppy as a symbol has been going for a lot longer that the coloured ribbons but I suppose yes it is the same sort of thing

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:42 pm

Everyone has a different way of looking at it. Some people go out of there way to wear the ribbons and knick knacks because they feel the need to show and feel it.

Some people like myself remember the day and have the appreciation for veterans, past soldiers, and the civilians that contributed just as much to the wars and conflicts but don't go out of the way to pick up a ribbon (I'll wear one if offered though).
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:44 pm

It's a personal choice as with everything else in life but I'm glad you mentioned the civilians as I feel that they are often overlooked in these things

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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:56 pm

Oh, do you not know about the white peace poppys...

http://www.whitepoppy.org/
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:22 pm

Thank you all for your support. Now if only I could get the day off from watch and just sleep in my rack for a full eight hours.
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PostSubject: Re: Veteran's day   Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:51 pm

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation

is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

For everyone that is fighting or has fought in all armed forces, I thank you. Smile

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