Why Wear A Poppy?

Author: Don Crawford

Poppy Image“Will you wear a poppy?” the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched to see how she’d fare
Her face was old and lined with care.
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street
Bouncing along on carefree feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun
“Lady’, he said, “May I have one?”
As she pinned it on I heard him say
“Why do we wear a poppy today?”

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, “This is ANZAC Day.
The poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in our war.
And because they did, you and I are free
That’s why we wear a poppy you see.”

“I had a boy about your size
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to jump and play and shout
Free as a bird he would race about
As years went on he learned and grew
And became a man as you will, too.”

“He was fine and strong with a boyish smile
But he seemed with us such a little while.
When war broke out he went away
I still remember his face that day.
When he smiled at me and said ‘Goodbye
I’ll be back soon so please don’t cry.’”

“But the war went on so he had to stay
All I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight
I can still see it in my dreams at night.
With tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire
And mines and bullets, the bombs and fire.”

‘Til at last the war was won
“And that’s why we wear a poppy, son.”
The small boy turned as if to go
Then said, “Thanks lady, I’m glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight
But your son, did he come home all right?”

A tear rolled down each faded cheek
She shook her head but didn’t speak.
I slunk away, head bowed in shame
And if you were with me, you’d have done the same.
For our thanks in giving is oft delayed
Though the freedom was bought and thousands paid.

And so you see, when a poppy is worn
Let us reflect on the burden borne.
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country’s call.
That we are home in peace may live
Then wear a poppy, remember and give.

 

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12 thoughts on “Why Wear A Poppy?

  1. My original comment failed. But due to the sight of Blair and His missus wearing a poppy . And attending the ceremony. I’d suggest an alternative be found for all real Nationalists to wear each armistice day, or every day come to that.
    The poppy has become a fashion statement, or worse something to hide ones true feelings behind . Even Corbyn who chose to wear a white poopy in the past, has bowed to the fascists that rule now.
    Any ideas on what could replace it welcome.

    1. Just because those we oppose have adopted our historical customs does not mean we should be reactionaries in rejecting it. If they wanted to decrease it’s importance then I doubt anyone from our side, whatever their thoughts previously, would oppose it.

      Rememberance Sunday has it’s roots long before the usurpers of the political system and organs of public influence.

      While the politicians are center stage I am sure this time every year it is a time of dread for them and the shadowry characters behind the scenes. It is why Rememberance Sunday has stayed apolitical in message to not provoke the public. The suffering of millions of ordinary men is a powerful historical victimhood which can ‘trigger’ deep questioning of the legitimacy of the liberal system.

    1. (Party Official ) Although I will always be in favour of wearing the Poppy , I understand and totally agree with Chris’s slogan. I have always considered the First and Second World Wars as an awful CIVIL WAR WITHIN THE WHITE RACE. Albeit ones that dragged in other types of people. We WHITES have been in DECLINE EVER SINCE. In terms of numbers and much else besides !

  2. ( Party Official ) I have seen film of Corbyn at the Cenotaph. ( he should NOT have been there ) and he did NOT BOW. With front , rear and side angles shown , it is clear that all he did was NOD. This with a horrible SCOWL on his face as he found the whole affair DISTASTFUL. Well I can tell you , the VAST MAJORITY OF THE BRITISH PEOPLE FIND HIM DISTASTEFUL AND ALWAYS WILL !

    1. All this fuss over Corbyn. Whilst at the same time the Tory Party decimate what Blair left. Some say Corbyn is an honest guy. I’ll take a rain check on that . Anyone who found Abbott attractive is probably insane, and in need of a visit the ‘Specsavers’ at the very least
      Is bowing to our dead obligatory, and he is a pacifist so I’m led to believe . It kind of puts him in a quandary .
      The other bow but is their heart in it. I’d imagine not, apart from the ex soldiers.
      What Corbyn has given us is another 18 years of Cameron and his successors. Now that’s nothing to get exited over is it.

      1. ( Party Official ) Having been a ‘ paid up ‘ NATIONALIST since 1973 , I am NO TORY. However , if this Labour Party had won this time ANY Nationalist organisation would probably have been made an illegal organisation. Baz 4545 and I would be able to discuss how much we love our Country and people from a special Concentration Camp on Salisbury Plain !

      2. ( Party Official ) I do not think Corbyn is a ‘ Pacifist ‘ at all ! Just ON THE OTHER SIDE ‘. No , no not that ! Just that I think when he was young he dreamt of greeting the Red army soldiers at Dover and joining them in their march to London !

  3. I used to recall, if one become homeless on purpose the Councils have no obligation to re house any one. And I also guess 100% of all immigrants left a home to come here. Perhaps housing official need to be reminded. And housing such, is discrimination against the majority, and probably un-lawfull.
    Perhaps the BDP should invest a few shillings in a test case . the publicity would be priceless, win or lose. In fact a loss would enrage quite a few lost UKIP souls to join the BDP.

    1. ( Party Official ) Great stuff. I too hope our new and action packed N.E.C. undertake something on these lines. Maybe two identical housing claims but with one of them being a Pole who we have paid ! We could then highlight the very different outcome ! We could even sell the story to the Sunday Times Magazine ! All profits of the venture to go in the Election Fund and increase in membership would be the bonus.

  4. I wear an imitation blue forget-me-not the German flower of remembrance rather than a poppy, the Commonwealth flower of remembrance.

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