A SOLDIER gave his fallen comrades a moving tribute - by buying each of them a pint. The mourning veteran walked into a pub, bought a pint for each of his eight friends he lost in Afghanistan, and left them with a Remembrance Day poppy and their photograph lying beside them. The touching gesture was posted on Facebook by Neil Taylor, from East London, who witnessed the solider drink his own pint before leaving the pub with his dead comrades' pints untouched. He posted the photo with the caption: "A soldier walks into a bar and buys 8 pints for his dead comrades in Afghanistan, drinks his pint and leaves the bar leaving photos of each mate at there glass, how incredibly moving is that, god bless them all. Quality....." The post was shared by over 300 people and got nearly 800 likes. In the comments people shared their admiration for the tribute. Andrew Furber wrote: "Wow what a great way to show respect for his fallen comrades. May they all enjoy a pint in heaven. Thanks to them all for … [Read more...] about Soldier’s incredibly touching Remembrance Day tribute to comrades who died in Afghanistan
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Derry born footballer and Republic of Ireland international, James McClean, has defended his decision not wear a Remembrance Day Poppy when playing for Stoke City. The 29 year-old winger is maintaining the same stance he took when he played for former clubs Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion.In a statement released on Tuesday morning, Stoke City confirmed McClean would not be wearing a football jersey with a Remembrance Day Poppy in games against Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forrest. “I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy," said McClean in the statement.“I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.”Stoke City set out the club's stance and said whilst they respect McClean's decision the club will continue to support the Royal British Legion's Poppy … [Read more...] about James McClean declines to wear Remembrance Day Poppy
THE Royal British Legion is selling special “gold leaf” poppies to mark the centenary of World War I as their appeal launches today. One in six poppies will have “1918-2018” printed in gold on the green leaf. It is part of the organisation’s campaign to get people to buy and wear a poppy to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives during the Great War. The Legion has launched its biggest poppy appeal to date, which is less than three weeks before Remembrance Sunday. The special gold leaf poppy isn’t the only addition to this year’s all-important campaign. Another poppy is also being launched today and it is even rarer than the gold leaf poppy. It is called the “khadi” poppy and instead of being made from paper is it made from the same linen that was worn by Mahatma Gandhi. Not many have been produced, about 40,000, and they have been made to honour the 74,000 Indian Army troops who lost their lives fighting for the … [Read more...] about One in six Remembrance Day poppies will have gold leaf details to mark WW1 centenary as appeal launched today
ON Remembrance Sunday, Britain pays its respects to those who have fought for the country. For decades, the nation has shown its support by wearing poppies, but how did this tradition start and why exactly do we do it? When should you wear a poppy? The Poppy Appeal takes place through the whole of November. This year, Remembrance Sunday takes place on Sunday, November 11 when the Cenotaph Service takes places at Whitehall in London. Many people start wearing poppies on October 31 - some 12 days before Remembrance Day. Others believe they shouldn't be worn until after Bonfire Night on November 5. Why do we wear a poppy? The story of why we wear poppies dates back to the First World War. In 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae lost his friend in the battle of Ypres. As he was grieving the loss of comrade Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, he spotted scores of poppies growing in the battle-torn fields. This poignant sight inspired him to write In Flanders Fields, one of the most famous war … [Read more...] about Why do we wear poppies for Remembrance Day, when should we wear them and where do you buy them?
Some of the knitted poppies sent to Thetford Town Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Keen knitters are being encouraged to help create poppies which will form part of a town’s Remembrance Day events. Councillor Brenda Canham with some of the poppies she has knitted for the Thetford Town Council's First World War project. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Thetford Poppy Project will see a 5,000 poppies draped down the Guildhall clock tower to meet with the giant poppy on the Royal British Legion building. Organised by the town council, it is one of a number of projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. So far more than 930 poppies have been knitted and crocheted by individuals and members of Thetford’s Ancient House Museums Knitter Natter group. Groups are being held in the Guildhall for people to attend to make the poppies and meet and speak to others. The sessions will run from 11.30pm until 1pm on June 5, June 26, July 17 and … [Read more...] about Knitters wanted to help with Remembrance Day poppy project