In Canada, poppy pins
are worn for the two weeks before November 11, Remembrance Day. The pins, inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields
, commemorate Canadian soldiers who have died in war (any war), and are distributed by the Royal Canadian Legion in exchange for small donations.
There has been some discomfort with the pins in recent years, however, with activist groups claiming that they contribute to the glorification of war. The Rideau Institute has now started distributing white poppies
symbolizing peace. Veterans are not pleased
, and some are pointing out that the red poppy already symbolizes peace
posted by 256
on Nov 6, 2013 -
World War I in Color
is a documentary designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives in six 48 minute installments annotated within. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Oct 31, 2013 -
It's the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month where I am right now, so I present to you Europeana
, a project collecting memorabilia and stories from the period of the Great War (1914-1918).
posted by unliteral
on Nov 10, 2011 -
Is Cuba Next?
As long as you're cleaning up for Poppy, why not clean up for the Democrat's martyred Sun King at the same time?
posted by alms
on Apr 11, 2003 -
Afghanistan leads in poppy production
Now that we have rid the country of the nasty controlling party, it is good to return to normal business so that exports can help make this a better world. Is this a part of our re-construction plan?
posted by Postroad
on Oct 27, 2002 -