Poppy Appeal

Belfast Students Campaign For Poppy Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at a university in Northern Ireland are proposing a motion to ban the selling of poppies in their students union, saying it is a "divisive in...

All Charity is Evil

Matt Lacey | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

From then, each month now has a designated charity aim, with January's 'dryathalon' all the way to 'Stoptober'. Alongside these, people will be engaging in so-called fun runs and comedy nights across the country. What's wrong with that? It's all for a good cause, they say as they proffer their jangling buckets.

Poppies and Poppycock

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Remembrance Sunday was a time to reflect for veterans on lost comrades in arms, for family and friends to recall loved ones to mind and for all to honour the service past and present of armed forces throughout the Commonwealth. Gradually humanists are being allowed to take part in services, though this is still far from the norm.

Brothers Jailed For 'Despicable' Poppy Tin Thefts

PA | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

Brothers who admitted stealing Poppy Appeal collection tins have been jailed on Armistice Day with their crimes branded "despicable" by police. Ada...

Hate on War, But Don't Hate on Poppies

Louise Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

It is that time of year again where every poppy pinned to a lapel is joined by a newspaper column, blog or tweet on why no one should be wearing a poppy. To wear or not to wear a poppy is a debate raging everywhere, and unfortunately this controversy is dominating the discourse on commemoration and precluding the wider national debate we should be having on the subject.

LOOK: Royals Lead Remembrance Sunday Service

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Queen led the nation in honouring members of the Armed Forces killed in conflict as Remembrance Sunday services took place around the UK to rememb...

'I Feel Very Proud Of Everything He Does To Keep Us Safe'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Hello, my name is Scarlett Carrell, I am 8 years old and I am in Year 3, in Miss Roger’s class. I would like to talk to you today, about somethi...

Rebuilding the World on Foundations of Love and Peace

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

For those of us who have known the heavy weight of war - whether we have witnessed its toll on a beloved veteran, lost a soul held dear, or outlived the fight ourselves - the message of the poppy is not felt only on Remembrance Day.

Our Modern Remembrance Is All About Forgetting

Django Wylie | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Django Wylie

The worthy practice of donating first-hand, with its inherent 'nothing in return' aspect, has been replaced with the more morally ambiguous purchasing of an mp3. When you put pennies in the Chelsea Pensioner's box and collect your poppy, you are forced, however momentarily, to individually reflect on the meaning of the paper token you've acquired.

It's All In The Face

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

They say a picture captures a thousand words - but sometimes only one will do. That word is encapsulated in the face of a Poppy Girl just to the ri...

Poppy Politics

Patrick Thompson | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Patrick Thompson

This week the University of London Union released a statement telling its 120,000 student members that there would be no official presence at the ceremonies of remembrance from ULU. Individual members of the union's staff and sabbatical officers will be free to attend in a personal capacity, but not as representatives of the union itself.

Why Germany Is Still Recovering Its War Dead

David Crossland | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK
David Crossland

Quietly and methodically, Germany has been recovering the bodies of hundreds of thousands of its soldiers who fell on its Eastern Front in the bloodie...

Morrisons Worker Suspended For Wearing Lee Rigby Tribute Poppy

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

A supermarket worker has been suspended for wearing a Help for Heroes bracelet and a poppy in tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby, killed in Woolwich last We...

On Poppy Burning

Nick Harkaway | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK
Nick Harkaway

With true free speech has to come an understanding of when and when not to use it. But you can't legislate that. It must be voluntary - especially in a world where a whisper can reach a million people in an eyeblink.

A Day for Remembering

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

I'm sure many soldiers had opposition to the arguments politicians were making when they were being shot to pieces in horrible battlefields. But that's not what Remembrance Day is about; it's a neutral showing of respect for those who have died in conflicts, whether or not the conflicts themselves were agreed with.

Queen Leads Tributes To War Dead At The Cenotaph

PA | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK

The country fell silent today to remember its war dead at services across the country as the Queen led the nation in honouring the fallen. At the C...

Remembrance Day Is an Annual Ritual of Nauseating Hypocrisy

John Wight | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The sight of politicians, the royal family and various other members of the nation's ruling class laying wreaths at the cenotaph to commemorate the deaths and slaughter of the untold thousands of working class men, used as cannon fodder to maintain the class privileges which they and theirs enjoy, is truly an act of sickening hypocrisy to behold.

Wearing a Poppy

James Field | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Style
James Field

The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem 'In Flanders Fields'. It refers to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies parts of Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.

Royal British Legion Appeal For Silence Across Social Networks

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

The Royal British Legion is launching a major campaign to extend Remembrance Sunday's two minute silence to social networks. Thousands of Facebook ...

The Other Poppies of War

Michael Freemantle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Opium poppy extracts and their chemical derivatives were and still are invaluable in relieving the suffering of the wounded. It is therefore safe to say that both the opium poppy and the red poppy, or least the artificial variety, have been employed to bring immense relief to members of the armed forces, albeit in totally different ways.

Is This The Best Way To Sell Poppies?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

As we approach Armistice day, the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is well and truly under way. The red symbols, worn to remember the sacrifice ...

Young Muslims Sell Poppies In Bid For 'Peace Between All Peoples And Religions'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

A group of young Muslims have taken their campaign to sell poppies nationwide to spread their message of "peace and unity between all nations, peoples...

Time the British Legion Redesigned its Poppy Collection Boxes

Max Atkinson | Posted 25.12.2012 | Home
Max Atkinson

I wrote to the British Legion about this last year, but received no reply. Collection boxes identical to those used last year have now arrived on our doorstep. So I'll have to try again in the hopes that they'll redesign it in time for next year's poppy appeal.

Art At War: 25 Paintings For Remembrance Day

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 25.10.2012 | Home

Unlike many national events, Remembrance Day comes around each year with a quiet sort of dignity. No great fanfare, no build up and no complaints. ...

Poppy Appeal Gets David Cameron's Approval - And His Money

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK

David Cameron dug deep on Thursday to make his contribution to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The prime minister posed on the doorstep of N...