Tuesday, 12 December 2017

What does a Remembrance Day poppy mean to you?

We asked some well-known local residents why they wear a poppy.

The simple symbol of the poppy, an image introduced by the Royal British Legion shortly after it was formed, can be very emotive.

It is an image known internationally as representing hope, after the loss of life in both past and present conflicts, because of the flowers ability to survive in extreme conditions.

We asked some well-known local residents why they wear a poppy.

John Howell MP: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR my poppy to focus my remembrance on the brave men and women who gave their lives in war so that we may all live and those who have been injured in these and subsequent conflicts. [more...]

Councillor Ann Ducker, leader of South Oxfordshire Council: why I wear a poppy

IN 1919, November 11 was the chosen day each year when we would remember all those who had died in the Great War. [more...]

Shirley Lees: Why I wear a poppy

THE First World War was supposed to end all wars but there has been only one year since when British people did not die on active service. [more...]

Vince Hill: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR my poppy like most people do because it is an emblem and a reminder of the futility of war [more...]

Jeremy Paxman: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR a poppy out of respect for all those who had to do something I?ve never been asked to do. [more...]

Rodney Bewes: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR a poppy because of my uncle Jim. [more...]

Rebecca Poole, Singer: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR a poppy as a mark of respect to honour those who died serving our country. [more...]

Ed Simons, Chairman, Kenton Theatre Trustees: Why I wear a poppy

THERE are a few moments in your life where a particular action evokes a feeling of pride. [more...]

Gp Capt Nigel Colman, station commander, RAF Benson: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR a poppy as a symbol of remembrance for the brave men and women who have fought for their country, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. [more...]

Nigel Dudding, Henley Hawks head coach: why I wear a poppy

THE significance of the poppy for me is twofold. We have a solemn duty never to forget the horrors of past wars and current conflicts and the effect it has on peoples lives. [more...]

Debbie Flood, captain of Leander Club: why I wear a poppy

I WEAR a poppy to show my respect for both the fallen soldiers who lost their lives for our country and for the brave servicemen and women currently serving or who have served in our forces. [more...]

Justin Sutherland, captain of Upper Thames Rowing: why I wear a poppy

MUCH to the dismay of my children, I regularly take them to visit the First World War battlefields; they bear witness to how events a hundred years ago can live on in the collective memory of people and places. [more...]
Dieter Hinke, AFC Henley chairman: why I wear a poppy

I WEAR my poppy to honour those who have fallen to give us the freedom we enjoy today and to show my respect for the men and women of our Armed Forces who serve today. I also support of all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving their country in all wars and conflicts. [more...]

Mike Pooley, president, Rotary Club of Henley Bridge: why I wear a poppy

MY stepfather was serving in the RAF and was rescued from near Dunkirk at the beginning of the Second World War. He served in India, then back in Europe. [more...]



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