by Amie Tennant Countries in the British Commonwealth observe Remembrance Day every November 11 by wearing the poppy and honoring those who …
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My grandfather was drafted into the Kaiser’s army when he was only 16. He didn’t emigrate to America until 1927. Does FamilySearch have access to German army records from the WWI era?
I had 5 uncles and 1 aunt serve in World War I. Some went to Europe; some did not. One uncle was a medical doctor and one aunt was an Arrmy nurse. They all survived the war. I cannot imagine the worry my grandparents experienced with 6 of 10 children in the war. We owe that generation a huge debt!
Please don't overlook the story of Moina Belle Michael, The Poppy Lady, and my 2C2R.
As a young boy in the 1950’s into the 1960’s I saw the poppy pins which were made by WWI veterans in the local veterans homes and sold on the streets of Oakland and San Francisco, California. They were very popular with the older folk like my grandparents. My grandmother read me the poem. The red poppy did not grow in Viet Nam or they may have made a resurgence for my generation - it was MIA flags.
VFW Post 3991 will be at the Walmart at Sarno & Wickham Roads in Melbourne, Florida, USA this weekend, for you to get your Buddy Poppy & remember all our Veterans of all wars!!
In 1930 for the inauguration of the Buddy Poppy in the US Lois June Allen represented the orphaned children of former WWI veterans. Her father Barney Lincoln Allen had served in Northern Russia in the campaign known as the Polar Bear Expedition.
Dear Amie: Why do you describe it only as "World War I Remembrance Day poppy"? We wear it to remember also those who fought in World War II, Korea, and Afghanistan. In fact, when I first wearing them there were veterans still alive from the Anglo-Boer War. We honour and remember them all, including those who came back with physical and psychological disabilities.
I don't think she just meant WW1; even though she didn't mention any others. I believe she was intending for ALL who participated in all wars, some who never returned, some whose lifeless souls did return and were never the same, some who came back with broken parts, and others who returned and never spoke about the horrors.
The poppy itself was an idea someone took from the wonderful poem by Canadian Officer John McCrae, 'In Flanders Fields', which he wrote in 1915 after seeing these hardy yet delicate little flowers popping up over the graves of many of his friends and fellow soldiers graves, all over Flanders.
Sadly John McCrae would never live to see this incredible memory pass down through the generations which gains momentum every year. He was killed on January 8 1918, and the poppy was not seen until someone (I don't know who...still digging) came up with the idea from the poem, to remember those who all participated in evil wars, in 1921, 3 years after his death.
I hope his soul looks upon us all and is pleased we all pay such a tribute to those wonderful people.
Here, in warm temperate Australia, late Spring, the Flanders poppies are flowering in our garden on 11 November. Lest we forget!
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