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‘Remembrance Day’ — Poppy Day — In Sri Lanka (nee Ceylon), Some Pictures.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


Of course I knew we celebrated Poppy Day in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. Despite the crazy talk from some of late about Sri Lanka’s place in the British Commonwealth etc. we can’t deny our 200 years of being a British dominion. So, of course we are part of the Poppy Day tradition — and, though I am not sure of the numbers, I know that Ceylon did provide some men to fight in WW I and WW II. Plus Lord Mountbatten had his WW II HQ in Ceylon for awhile. That is why we got bombed by the Japs. [You really should check that link for very rare footage from the Japanese themselves.]

To be honest I couldn’t remember Poppy Day in Ceylon — but remember I left before I was 14 and that was in 1967. My once semi-photographic memory now has many gaps. There are events and places in Ceylon that I still have total recall of down to the last details. But, today, when I went looking for pictures and saw an image of kids, dressed in white, carrying collection tins for Poppy Day — it came back. I HAD DONE THAT. My adoptive mother, a social butterfly, involved with umpteen charity events, had us going around collecting for many things — but I now remember the Poppies.

Here are some pictures, I found today, on the Web, of Poppy Day in Ceylon — Sri Lanka.

Just a snapshot. There must be more. I will e-mail one of my cousins, not the most reliable of folks, and try and see if I can find out what is happening in 2013.

CLICK each picture to access the original material …


PIC BY SAMAN SRI WEDAGE


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2013, November 11, Remembrance Day News: U.K. Birmingham Buses, Camilla & Canadian Dollar Store Reversal

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ar133803739028928

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.



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Click to read story …


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November 11, Remembrance (Poppy) Day In Canada — WW I Canadian Doctor The Impetus For This Lovely Tradition.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
++++ Search for ‘Poppy’ using sidebar SEARCH esp. for 2103 posts >>>>


Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.

Lot about the Canadian legacy on that page ↑.


Click to access very informative post with tradition by Province.

Click to access very informative post with tradition by Province.


British Commonwealth Troops & Uniforms From World War I — Including The Indians & Gurkhas.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ British WW I recruitment efforts …
>>July 10, 2013.

2/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
3/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


I am a bit offended by this. Where are the Indians? 

What about the Gurkhas? 200,000 served, bravely, in WW I and nobody, but nobody will question the commitment of these soldiers.

In the recruitment call they don’t mention South Africa. But in this ‘uniform’ poster (sent to me by Nancy), the white South Africans are included. But, this was very much the case at the time.




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British Recruitment Efforts From The Commonwealth For World War I.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Strange that South Africa is not included, especially none of the 4 countries mentioned had any 4-legged lions (by then)!






I Ask President Obama To Consider Wearing A Poppy: Poppy Day, November 11, 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Prior posts:
>> Poppy Day, November 11, British Remembrance Day: A Beautiful Tradition — Nov. 10, 2012.
>> Poppy Day, 2012: President Obama In Arlington Without One — Nov. 11, 2012.


Anura Guruge requesting President Obama to wear Poppy on Poppy Day

I submitted this to the President via the White House Website. It was submitted around 2:58 pm (Eastern) on November 11, 2012. Click to ENLARGE.

Poppy Day, November 11, 2012: President Obama In Arlington Without One; British Leaders At The Cenotaph With.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Prior post:
>> Poppy Day, November 11, British Remembrance Day: A Beautiful Tradition — Nov. 10, 2012.


Poppy Day 2012 Obama Cameron on Veterans Day

David Cameron, British Prime Minister proudly sporting a poppy and newly re-elected Barack Obama without one on Remembrance/Veterans Day 2012. We have to change this. The poppy on November 11 is such a powerful, evocative symbol. Help ME! Click to ENLARGE.

For full video of the British Cenotaph 2012 remembrance from the UK ‘The Telegraph‘ (replete with Poppy on the banner) click here.

For full video of 2-term President Barack Obama at Arlington on November 11, 2012, from the ‘Huffington Postclick here.

The Queen, Poppy Day 2012 showing how it is carried off with pomp.

91-year old Prince Phillip, a navy veteran.

Poppy Day, November 11 (Every Year), British Remembrance Day: A Beautiful Tradition


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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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.

An autographed copy of the poem that gives us this lovely tradition.


Herein comes the beautiful, evocative, touching tradition of wearing a poppy, on your lapel or hat, in the weeks leading up to November 11.

It is a wonderful tradition. A visual gesture.

Why we don’t do it in the U.S. is a mystery to me. Though I think about it every November I have, until this, never really given it much thought. I am going to look into it. I am going to see if I can introduce to this country. People will love it. Kids would embrace it. In my other life, as a papal historian, I often have to look at British newspapers online. Over the last two weeks they have included a poppy in their banner, example 1 & example 2. It was those images in the newspaper banners that really hit home. They have poppies in Canada for Poppy Day.


Click to explore.



November 11, 2012
President Obama without one and British Prime Minister with a poppy.
Also the Queen and her husband.
Click for this November 11, 2012 post.