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Old Nov 11, 2003, 8:34 AM   #1
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I know this isn't about DigiCams, but I would like to thank military personnel (both past and preset, active and inactive) for serving our country. And of course, since this board enjoys an International audience I extend that thanks to members of other country's military, especially those that have served side by side with the US.


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Old Nov 11, 2003, 8:53 AM   #2
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In honour of Rememberance Day I thought I'd post the traditional Rememberance Day Poem in this thread:

In Flanders Fields

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.


The name of John McCrae (1872-1918) may seem out of place in the distinguished company of World War I poets, but he is remembered for what is probably the single best-known and popular poem from the war, "In Flanders Fields." He was a Canadian physician and fought on the Western Front in 1914, but was then transferred to the medical corps and assigned to a hospital in France. He died of pneumonia while on active duty in 1918. His volume of poetry, In Flanders Fields and Other Poems, was published in 1919.

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http://www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/LostPoets/McCrae.html

It's because of that poem that Canadians mark November 11th by wearing a poppy (usually bought from a Veteran selling them in malls and other public areas).
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 9:31 AM   #3
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It's because of that poem that Canadians mark November 11th by wearing a poppy (usually bought from a Veteran selling them in malls and other public areas).
Veterans in the US also sell poppies. I bought one the other day and gave it to my 2 year old son who liked the "flower" very much. I don't know what he ended up doing with it.
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 2:37 PM   #4
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We also have poppies sold in the UK.

Even big ones to have on the front of your cars!!
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 3:09 PM   #5
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Even big ones to have on the front of your cars!!
Actually, that sounds pretty tacky!
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 3:46 PM   #6
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Our Boy Scout Troop's Charter Organization is a local American Legion Post, and every year on the Saturday before Veteran's Day we assist the Legion in distributing poppies at local businesses. The poppies are hand made by veterans, and are given out in remembrance of those who served their country and especially those who gave their lives for their country. It's an honor to be a part of this memorial, and our boys take pride in carrying out this service project each year.
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I thank you for your kind words.

21 years active duty with US Army.

Phil
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 10:20 PM   #8
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Regarding poppies, our house in UK has a few of them growing, the flowers are quite beautiful during summer.
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Actually, that sounds pretty tacky!
Yeah - it is a bit!!

I didn't have one
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I guess in Canada we prefer a more sombre ceremony marking the event (that's why I thought the poppy on the car was tacky).

I saw one pic with the photographer's daughter made up in red-white-blue...it made me think of July 4th rather than a sombre occasion.
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