Poppy

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.

Remembrance Is for Looking Forward, as Well as Back

Patrick Stannah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

It is easy to look on your younger years through a softer lens. We talk of 'those halcyon days'; we tell children 'school days are the best days of your lives'. It is not a natural human trait to live only for today, or to ignore the lure of greener grass.

LOOK: Ukip Accused Over 'Inappropriate' Wreath

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

Ukip has been getting some stick this morning for placing Remembrance wreaths emblazoned with the party logo. In Lincolnshire, a party chairman apo...

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.

The Colour of the Poppy Doesn't Matter, But What We Remember Does

Alex Ford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

It's that time of year again. When we remember. Remember the fallen, remember the dead. Remember those who have given their lives in wars throughout the last 100 years or so, in service of us, those left behind to have a free, decent and peaceful life.

Labour MP Takes On Journalist Over Her Refusal To Wear A Poppy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

A shadow defence minister has rebuked a journalist who said she no longer felt comfortable wearing a Remembrance poppy. Gemma Doyle said the decisi...

Wearing a Poppy Is Not a Comment on Politics or Military Intervention

Gemma Doyle | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Gemma Doyle

Wearing a poppy is not a comment on politics or military intervention. I doubt that everyone who wears a poppy agrees with all aspects of British foreign and military policy dating back to the first ever Poppy Day in 1921. If you object to British foreign policy, about the worst way you could express that is in a decision not to wear a poppy, because that decision only impacts on some of those who face consequences of the policy - whether or not they agree with it - not on those of us who are actually responsible for the decisions.

For Every Poppy's Petal, A Story of Remembrance

Ana Tzarev | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK
Ana Tzarev

To this day, I believe the Royal British Legion's legacy of providing necessary care to veterans and their families makes them one of the finest and most worthwhile charities.

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 I No Longer Feel Comfortable Wearing a Poppy

Madeleine Fry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Madeleine Fry

I should probably point out that I'm not against the original meaning behind Poppy Day: remembering how Britain twice sent a whole generation of its young men off to be slaughtered, and that future generations should be able to live without the fear of enduring such violence. Yet that meaning often seems to get forgotten as Remembrance Sunday becomes a celebration of jingoism and militarism, where the victims of British aggression in wars past and present are rarely mentioned.

Buckley Poppy Designs for Remembrance Day!

Claire Lynch | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lynch

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month... the moment hostilities ended in World War 1, and what we now know to be Armistice day, Remembrance day, or Poppy day. Whatever you call it, it's a significant day that every one of us should acknowledge.

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...

Lest We Forget? The Irish Did

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott De Buitléir

Whether right or wrong, it's extremely uncommon in Ireland to see anyone wearing a poppy, commemorating those who died while serving in the British Army. If one were to ask why, an initial response could be that it is a British custom and not an Irish one.

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.

Arrested For 'Burning A Poppy'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

A man has been arrested for posting an image of a burning poppy on Facebook. Kent Police said in a statement that the man, from Aylesham, was detai...

Felicity A Morse

Remembrance Day 'Risks Glossing Over The Horrors Of War'

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK

Remembrance Day risks becoming a divisive issue which "sugars over the horrors of war", an author and former BBC reporter has claimed. Ted Harrison...

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.

Pictures Of The Day Live: 1st November 2012

Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

Huffington Post Picture Desk Live: Scroll down for the best news, entertainment, culture and sports pictures of the day, brought to you by The Huffing...

Felicity A Morse

What's So Controversial About Wearing A Poppy?

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

As the British Legion launches its poppy appeal it seems wearing the little red flower has lost none of its potency. Political, patriotic, a sign ...

Poppy Appeal Begins With Trafalgar Square Concert

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal starts on Wednesday with a concert fronted by singers Alesha Dixon and Pixie Lott and soldier Sapper Clive Sm...

Royal British Legion 'Devastated' By Theft Of Thousands Of Poppies

PA | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK

Around 6,000 poppies, service medals and memorial plaques have been stolen from a Royal British Legion centre. The items, along with poppy wreaths,...

Northern Ireland's Education Minister In Poppy Ban Row

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Northern Ireland's education minster John O'Dowd has hit out at journalists for publicising a "baseless" story involving a pupil who was allegedly ask...

The Poppy is a Symbol of Respect - But it Shouldn't be One of National Pride

Emily Wight | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK
Emily Wight

Why has a mark of respect, a renunciation of death and a wish for peace, slipped into the realm of national identity, that which causes most of the dispute in the world? Accrediting the poppy with a national status has given ammunition to those who can't abide our country.