Poppy


poppy
Originally uploaded by wardi.
You may have seen Tony Blair, or some other English politician, in the news lately, wearing a red flower.

If you're not English there might be a good chance that you're wondering what that's all about.

Well, it's Armistice Day here in England today. This day commemorates all the fallen soldiers of the wars since the WWI.

The reason it's the poppy that synbolizes this day, is that the fields where the fallen (err) fell, were full of poppies.

Most people wear the paper poppy from the beginning of November till the 11th, and sometimes longer than that. It's actually quite amazing to see how many people actually wear them. Old people, young people, women and men alike.

The money you pay for the poppies go to The Royal British Legion, a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to people who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants.

Friday, November 11, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:06 PM