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Lack of people wearing Poppies is a disgrace .

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by WatchTower, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Admiral Huddy

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    That's the point isn't it? It's not just about the charity. The poppy appeal, although it does raise money, is a means of bringing awareness and understanding about what went on during the two world wars. Fortunately, very few of us here had to go through the torment and sacrifice that people made during these real hard times. It’s a small token to give thanks, gratitude and respect to those who gave their lives so we could live as freely as we do today.
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    I've made a donation but I've put the Poppy on my desk as it doesn't really easily lend itself to the clothes I wear. I'll wear it if I'm wearing a shirt/suit, though.
     
  3. Snakedoctor

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    I donate and buy one. I have lost relatives through the wars. It also has a double meaning for me as it was also the same day my Dad died, 11/11. I wear my poppy that day.
     
  4. manic_man

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    I wear one every year, but I honestly have not seen one for sale *anywhere* yet this year, neither have I seen anybody I can give a donation to! I was in my local Tesco the other day and, unless I missed them, they wern't even in there!

    Last year they were abundant around the campus, this year, nothing.

    It's really odd!

    Will drop a donation as soon as I see the chance to though.

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana
     
  5. Begbie

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    I'll donate, but won't wear it with casual work gear.

    If for any reason I would wear a suit/shirt then I would.
     
  6. Dup

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    It also doesn't mean I haven't donated. I choose not to wear one and usually pop my change in the charity boxes at the petrol station anyway.

    This year I have seen none for sale.
     
  7. jpmonkey69

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    I donated money, but chose not to wear the poppy.... If you want to come and feel disgusted at me for the not wearing a poppy, then feel free.
     
  8. Stellios

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    Ive not came across anyone selling them, hence not having one. THe people/places selling them seem to be more and more few and far between.

    However, its not a lack of respect, I cannot respect people that faught in WW1 and WW2 enough.
     
  9. Fraggr

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    As soon as I find someone selling them I'll buy one. The poppies don't look good on my clothes though.. They seem out of place, so like usual, I won't wear it.
     
  10. BrightonBelle

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    I bought some at the weekend, had a convo with the chappy handing them out... though apparently because of health and safety he wasn't allowed to give us the pin point first and they were discouraged to give out pins :/

    Craziness!

    BB x
     
  11. Dave

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    Same, it always just falls off (in before "you're doing it wrong" :p) so my poppy is on my desk at home. :)
     
  12. slambo69

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    Im just back 5 minutes ago from the British embassy, managed to get a few poppies for me and my friends. I bumped into a few other foreign students and they asked me about it and they seemed happily surprised and interested that we do this for our troops.

    I doubt I'll see many people wearing them round here though, even if it is full of British tourists...
     
  13. Infam0us

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  14. Rebelius

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    I bought one but they don't seem to do the ones with pins any more, just the ones with the green plastic stalk like we got in Primary School - so I don't have any way of actually wearing it, unless I sellotape it to my hoody.

    So yeah, donated but don't wear it.
     
  15. meghatronic

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    Someone I work with said "Why are you wearing a poppy?" and when I explained, "Why?".

    It took all my resolve not to smack him.
     
  16. Ex-RoNiN

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    How does it bother you? Are you the Poppy Police? Has it not occurred to you that displaying empty symbols means nothing really? Suppport/lack of is not equatable through wearing/non-wearing of the poppy.
     
  17. Glaucus

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    it's not even the 11th yet.. People aren't going to wear them for weeks.
    Also just because they aren't wearing one doesn't mean they haven't donated.
     
  18. Shoseki

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    Wow. Just because you choose to follow a tradition that someone else doesn't, you felt like getting violent?

    Sounds familiar...
     
  19. tisonlyme

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    I buy one every year, my local shopping center always has a big stand/display in the middle selling them. I was surprised last week to see that there was a massive queue for them, made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    Plus its always nice to stand and have a chat with the old fellas who sell them, they have the best stories to tell! :)
     
  20. oweneades

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    This is probably the reason why alot of people arn't wearing them yet.

    I have one at home but don't have any pins.

    Although to echo what others have already said I don't need the poppy to remember what my grandad (or other veterans / soldiers who died in combat) did in the war).