Poppy Appeal

#PoppyPressure: Has the Symbol Lost Its Substance?

Sophie Harrison | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

There is so much public pressure to maintain face of Remembrance, but what about its soul? The selfless soldier deserves more than a borrowed or bejewelled poppy.

Remembrance and Pacifism Go Hand in Hand: Why I'm Proud to Wear a White Poppy Alongside My Red One

Owen Winter | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

There is no contradiction in wearing both a red and a white poppy. This Remembrance Day we should remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and also take a moment to question the causes and consequences of war.

Remembrance 2015: 'It Is Humbling to See What Families Go Through'

Mark Armstrong | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK
Mark Armstrong

The support our injured soldiers and bereaved families receive is unrecognisable from our predecessors and it is a comfort to a serving soldier now if he gets injured or he pays the ultimate sacrifice. He and his family will be looked after by a first rate support system providing both for them financially with lifelong help available if required.

WW2 Veteran Explains How The 'Politicised' Red Poppy Is Used To 'Sell' The War On Terror

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK

Once a symbol of remembrance and respect, the red poppy is now being used as a political tool by the government to “sell” its war on terror, a Wor...

Britain First Accused Of 'Exploiting Children' Over Facebook Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK

Members of the far right hate group Britain First were on Saturday accused of “exploiting children” after having pictures taken alongside member o...

Once Again, This Footballer's Choice Not To Wear A Poppy Has Divided Opinion

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK

West Bromwich footballer James McLean has once again divided opinion after appearing on pitch without a poppy, unlike the rest of his team - but many ...

A Host Of Stars Have Come Out In Support Of #MyPoppy

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

British stars including Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, England captain Wayne Rooney and singer Katherine Jenkins have come out in support ...

5 Famous People Who Have Exercised Their Freedom Of Choice Over The Red Poppy

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK

West Brom footballer James McClean refused to wear a poppy during a match on Saturday, sparking a debate over whether figures in the public eye should...

Rethink On Poppy Day Ceremony Changes After Opposition Leaders' Roles Were Due To Be Scaled Down

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics

Government plans to make David Cameron the only political leader to lay a poppy wreath individually at next month’s Remembrance Sunday service appea...

Watch The Heartless Moment A Poppy Tin Was Swiped From A Sunderland Chippy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Police are hunting a thief suspected of stealing a poppy collection tin from a Sunderland Fish and Chip shop. The man is wanted after the Royal Bri...

Using One Million War Dead To Hock Groceries? Merry Sainsbury's Christmas Everyone

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

The World War One Centenary is a time to reflect one of the biggest wastes of human lives in the 20th Century. Why it happened, the lives it destroyed and how future wars can be averted are important lessons for our age. The ceramic poppies at the tower of London - 888,246 of them, each representing an extinguished human life - formed the centre of many moving tributes across the country.

Let Us Remember Them, Not Just on Remembrance Sunday or 11 November, But All Year Round

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Every day should be Remembrance Day. We should treat our war veterans with respect all year round, honour the military covenant and make sure that those injured or psychologically scarred in the line of duty get the care and medical treatment they deserve. My Party has views on how that should best be achieved, but this is not a time for partisan politics.

Power to the Poppy

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
Laura Blumenthal

A picture is worth a thousand words and the blood red poppy speaks most powerfully of all. Although multiple pins and poppies are lost throughout the remembrance time please do continue to buy poppies as every donation goes towards a truly worthy cause, to those it is difficult to articulate your immense appreciation.

PHOTOS: A Beautiful Sea Of Red Poppies

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland & Tahira Mirza & Michael Cripps | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK

The Tower of London is currently being besieged by a deluge of tourists and Londoners alike, who are queuing around the block to see a river of poppie...

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.