Our commune will this year for the first time in three years hold the full remembrance ceremony on 11th November. For the last two years it’s been very low key, without the traditional public parade and after ceremony vin d’honneur etc at the Salle des Fetes, for obvious reasons.
There will be a number of British and Commonwealth citizens there I have no doubt, myself included. In 2019 there must have been a dozen or so of us. The Bleuet de France will be on sale, and I will happily contribute to their appeal once again.
But I have no realistic way to buy a British Legion poppy or other remembrance item anywhere nearby (I’m in the 37). The RBL have stopped selling their items to EU residents because Brexit means the cost of sending the items outweighs their value. Thanks once again Brexiteers. According to their website, this does not affect the distribution of paper poppies to EU countries.
So I contacted the RBL to ask where to buy them. Their reply: “You will be able to find the paper poppies with any local Royal British Legion seller in your area, as long as that seller is selling them”. About as helpful as a chocolate teapot. The RBL branches in France are (a) nowhere near me, and (b) not giving many clues as to how to buy from them even if I was close by. It seems I could do a 5-600 mile round trip to the Pas de Calais region where I might find them in one of the WW1 museums, but that seems to be it.
Searching posts here, there doesn’t seem to be any recent info on this. Does anyone have any clues? I’m willing to travel within the 37/36/86 departments if there is a seller in any of these and I’ll buy a few poppies so I can offer them here next Friday.
Is this any help? I see there is one lady who has poppies available in 36.
A friend in UK sends me some every year - which I don’t actualky want but it pleases her to give a bit extra to the appeal.
Coud you ask a UK based friend or family member to yo do the same? If the got it in the post in next few days you should get it on time.
My mum died 3 years ago and these were in her things. I can send you something if you like. No ordinary poppies though and two of the little pins are dated. I am in 22.
Can you crochet? Would take about 1/2 to make one!
Looks very similar to those made by a friend some years ago… with a small safety pin stiched onto the reverse to fix onto coat lapel/wherever…
She handed them round and we all made a donation to RBL .
Wear them each year with a bleuet alongside…
Indeed, we also have a couple of crocheted poppys that are good for many years and make an online donation each year before we start to wear them.
Our little church has a monument aux morts inside and, one year, I asked if i might include a poppy in the decorations… yes, indeed… came the reply
It’s the car-bumper-poppy from dear old dad… gets an airing now, every year
Talking of dear old dad… I remember his anger at the government of the time which forbade Poppy Sellers to rattle collecting boxes to encourage folk to buy a poppy…
That is begging!! One must wait quietly for Joe Public to approach and request a poppy!!
(those were instructions and poppy sellers could be prosecuted if the guidelines were not followed…)
I imagine you can make a donation on their website and just wear one from a previous year.
Folk can donate to RBL whenever they like… and whether they wear a poppy or not.
Just wondering if folk will be attending their local Remembrance ceremony tomorrow…
No, it’s not appropriate for me. But I will go down this afternoon and decorate the sides of the memorial with bluets, as I am on the flower team in the village.
I found a youtube presentation about the history of the bleuet de France which was very interesting. Présentation du Bleuet de France | ONACVG and link to video Le film du Bleuet de France - YouTube
This photo is 104 years old…
this is the French-style “poppy” charity
We had a wonderful turnout and, as usual, my eyes filled with tears as all the names were read aloud… plus the names of those more recent victims…
Phew, sold lots of bleuets to all nationalities
and there were about a dozen crocheted poppies being worn with bleuets alongside…
Speeches, flags, and glorious music…
and I forgot to mention the 1 minute of silence… which really was silent !!
Sadly, no refreshments afterwards, as we have an outbreak of covid locally… but we’ve all noted “8 mai” in our diaries… as the Maire has promised us a good time next year…
Do they read all of the 1914-1918 names on the monument as well as those of those killed this year? We only read out those killed in the army this year, 2 in Mali.