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    • Join Date: May 2006
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    #1

    Badge

    Hi,
    The badge British MPs have been wearing for about a week looks like a poppy red and green. I remember seeing it last year, too. Please tell me what it is.
    TIA

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    #2

    Re: Badge

    It's not just MPs; it's many other British people as well.

    You're exactly right about it being a poppy. They are made by war veterans; people donate some money and get a poppy to wear. This is in honour of Remembrance Day, which is November 11th -- it was on this date that the First World War ended, and this is commemorated every year (although often on Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 11th). It is when we remember those who have died in war.

    Why the poppy? Because, after the war ended, poppies grew on the battlefields.


    • Join Date: May 2006
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    #3

    Re: Badge

    Thank you, Rewboss!


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    #4

    Re: Badge

    Hi,
    A couple of related questions
    Are they called badges? How do you tell about it, when smb offers a badge to raise money for charity? What are those people selling badges called?
    Thanks.

  2. rewboss's Avatar

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    #5

    Re: Badge

    They're just called "poppies". I don't think there is a special name for people who sell them.

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    #6

    Re: Badge

    Poppy day is like a flag day. There are lots of them in the UK They are used to generate income for charities such as the lifeboat appeal. Lately other causes have developed their own symbols, such as the pink ribbon for breast cancer, the red ribbon for AIDS, huggy bear for children in need etc. So it is just a symbol that people can wear to let others know they have donated some money to a good cause, and I suppose, cynically to make sure they don't get asked to donate again!

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    #7

    Re: Badge

    ...and "Poppy Day" is not the official designation; it's Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday. Just to make sure we don't mislead people.


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    #8

    Re: Badge

    Thank you both very much.

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