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Festival of Remembrance, Tilehurst, Reading


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Four colours of poppy:

 

Red  - to mark our remembrance

Black  - remembering those of coloured descent who died

Purple  - remembering the million+ animals that died in service to our country.

White - in the hope of everlasting Peace.

 

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16 hours ago, Moonraker said:

Four colours of poppy:

 

Red  - to mark our remembrance

Black  - remembering those of coloured descent who died

Purple  - remembering the million+ animals that died in service to our country.

White - in the hope of everlasting Peace.

 

Moonraker

Black poppies. Nature has never made a black flower. Remember the attempts to have a black tulip.

Yet more nonsense making what was simple into something complicated. I thought the poppy commemorated ALL the men who died, not just those who were 'white'.

 

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There are those of us who will always associate a poppy as being red, growing in Flanders fields and so on.  I have been part of events where enthusiastic young teachers want to put a new slant on remembrance for various reasons but generally to impress the boss with hip new ideas.  As an older colleague I believe in teaching tradition too because it is historical and factual.  To gain the interest of the younger generations is important but do we truly need to bring in new colours to do that.  I cringe at times at it all but am proud to wear a traditional red poppy.  Surely it represents too the blood shed of every man and woman regardless of their colour or culture who gave their lives and I guess the freedom for people today to make unnecessary adjustments.  If it's not broken etc . . .

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On 09/05/2018 at 16:35, Moonraker said:

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Moonraker

 

Hi Moonraker, thanks for posting these details, I intend to check it out. My Great Grandad (that's him in my avatar) fought, and although not from the area originally, he and his family moved to Tilehurst in 1928, where he remained until his death in 1970.

 

All the best

Ben

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On 08/06/2018 at 21:41, Alisonmallen62 said:

There are those of us who will always associate a poppy as being red

 

as in our garden on the Somme today

 

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Wonderful thank you

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On 08/06/2018 at 22:41, Alisonmallen62 said:

There are those of us who will always associate a poppy as being red, growing in Flanders fields and so on.  I have been part of events where enthusiastic young teachers want to put a new slant on remembrance for various reasons but generally to impress the boss with hip new ideas.  As an older colleague I believe in teaching tradition too because it is historical and factual.  To gain the interest of the younger generations is important but do we truly need to bring in new colours to do that.  I cringe at times at it all but am proud to wear a traditional red poppy.  Surely it represents too the blood shed of every man and woman regardless of their colour or culture who gave their lives and I guess the freedom for people today to make unnecessary adjustments.  If it's not broken etc . . .

It isn't broken, but these days you have, apparently, to fix it, because it should have broken.

 

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Beautiful, peaceful, poignant

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New flyer, showing the programme for the Festival this coming weekend.

 

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The unfortunate apostrophe in the original flyer has been moved, though I don't think that it's at all necessary even now - John McCrae's poem didn't include one.

 

Moonraker

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that is a really nice, eye catching flyer 

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The 2018 event was prompted by the public interest in the centenary and it wasn't repeated in 2019.

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I am forever at odds (and always will be) with war and religion.

It is a shame the 'god' wasn't around for the 4 years from 1914-18.

And where was he during 1939-45?

There would be no need for any remembrance if he had been there.

And if he wasn't there then...

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