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Today MIGHT Be Everest Conqueror Tenzing Norgay’s Birthday — BUT He Chose It To Be May 29, 1914.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Pay particular attention to highlighted paragraph at the end. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing_Norgay.

As a Mount Everest NUT since I was a teenager, Tenzing Norgay has been one of my abiding heroes. I think he was quite the man — exemplary.

After considerable pondering and looking at the facts I also believe that he probably reached the peak ahead of Edmund Hillary — though that is now essentially a moot point.

I will have to remember to commemorate his birthday on May 29. So, we think he was born 103 years ago.

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by Anura Guruge

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Says Confirms That The Poppy Is The Official Memorial Flower Of The VFW.

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by Anura Guruge

Click to access the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
‘poppy’ page titled ‘In Flanders Field’
after the poem that started it all.


Click to ENLARGE and read here.

U.S. Red Poppy Promotions from prior years.

So why isn’t the Red Poppy MORE popular — let alone ubiquitous as it is in other countries at the start of November — in the U.S.?

I have a theory.

The U.S. did NOT enter World War I until April 6, 1917.

WW I started July 28, 1914.

The Second Battle of Ypres, which is what the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which gave rise to the ‘Red Poppy’ tradition was fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915.

In other words the BASIS for the tradition predates the U.S. involvement though ‘Poppy Day’ itself did not come to be until 1921. Please check ‘Red Poppy’ page, above, for the full illustrated history.

Well that is my theory. I could be wrong.

Map Of The British Empire In 1910. Has To Do With My Coverage Of ‘Poppy Day’, WW I Having Started 4 Years Later.


Anura Guruge

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From the 'Encyclopedia of New Zealand' at www.Teara.govt.nz.

From the ‘Encyclopedia of New Zealand’ at http://www.Teara.govt.nz. Click for original.

Original size. Click for original.

At the behest of ‘Nancy’ the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque‘ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The countries marked in Blood Red formed the British Empire over which the Sun never set.

Nancy, like I, also liked the Pacific (as opposed to Atlantic) centered orientation of the map. To be fair, growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s, I was fairly used to this representation which had India and Ceylon towards the centre (sic) though I notice, with amusement, that this map does a fairly poor job of getting Ceylon’s, fairly simple, but elegant, shape wrong.


Map of Ceylon from 1914. The red in this map denotes the areas where coconuts are grown. The green denotes tea, which is grown upland in the hills.nuts