Tag Archives: British Legion

My Friend, Craigie Mc., From Halifax (England) Helps Us Kickoff The ‘Red Poppy’ 2019 Tributes.

by Anura Guruge


Please click to ENLARGE …
read, reflect & REMEMBER.

From ‘Wear Your Poppy With Pride’ (I think … per Facebook).


From ‘Once, We Were Soldiers’ (I think, per Facebook).


Thank you, Craigie. It was time I got going. Only a week left to ‘Remembrance Day‘ 2019.

Over the last few years I have done a fair amount to educate folks, especially in the U.S., on the ‘Red Poppy‘ significance and our British tradition of ‘Poppy Day‘ — on November 11th each year.

This tutorial, by the ‘mothership’, so to speak, will help.



by Anura Guruge

A Tutorial On The ‘Red Poppy’ & Its Significance By ‘The Royal British Legion’ Ahead Of 2018 Poppy Day.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access this excellent tutorial. Thank you.


Over the last few years I have done a fair amount to educate folks, especially in the U.S., on the ‘Red Poppy‘ significance and our British tradition of ‘Poppy Day‘ — on November 11th each year.

This tutorial, by the ‘mothership’, so to speak, will help.



by Anura Guruge

Poppy Day 2018 — Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal’ Video.

by Anura Guruge


Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Click to access ‘The Royal British Legion’ Poppy Appeal 2018 page.



This post kicks off our 2018
Poppy Day/Remembrance Day Commemorations.



by Anura Guruge

Poppy Day/Remembrance Day 2017 — Another Royal British Legion Video; The Significance.

by Anura Guruge


Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.



For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition
please refer to my
EARLIER post.
Thank YOU.



by Anura Guruge

2017 Poppy Appeal For “Red Poppy Day” — The “In Flanders Fields” Video By The British Legion.

by Anura Guruge


Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Must Watch.

Very Moving.


For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition.

Poppy Day,
also known as Remembrance Day
& Armistice Day,
is Veteran’s Day in the
British Commonwealth.

It is always observed on November 11, without exception since that was Armistice Day — the day, in 1918, the armistice [i.e., truce] was signed the Allies [i.e., US the good guys] and Germany, at Compiègne, France, to bring to an end World War I [1914 to 1918], which involved over 70 million troops and had killed more than 9 million combatants.

The armistice was signed, symbolically, on the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month‘, 11 a.m., on 11/11, 1918 in a railway carriage in the woods of Compiègne, in northern France. [Yes, I have visited Compiègne and seen the railway carriage].

The poppies symbolize those that grew in profusion across some of the worst battlefields. [Think of French Claude Monet’s ‘Poppies Blooming’ painted in 1873.]

A Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was serving in WW I,wrote a poem, in 1915, called ‘In Flanders Fields‘, after attending the funeral of a fellow soldier [‘Flanders‘ being a region in northern Europe in which there was heavy fighting]. The first verse of it went:

 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.

The original poem. Click to ENLARGE.



by Anura Guruge

Poppy Day/Remembrance Day 2017 — Is Next Saturday, November 11, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Start with (at) the “British Legion” — the SPIRITUAL HQ of Poppy Day. Click image to access.


The Cenotaph celebration with the Queen, in London,
will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017.



by Anura Guruge

Remembrance Day/Poppy Day 2016, In The U.K., Will Be On Sunday, November 13.

by Anura Guruge


"Anura Guruge" "Paul Cummins" Tower of LondonCeramic Red Poppy from 2014 centenary

My Paul Cummins “Tower of London” Ceramic Red Poppy from 2014 — centenary.


2016  Remembrance Sunday

Click to access official “British Legion” page for 2016 “Remembrance Sunday”.


With this post we kick off the 2016 “Poppy Day” posts.

Remembrance, Honor & Pride.



by Anura Guruge