Remembrance day (Poppy Day)

Lest we forget.

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Poppy Pin

(English version at the end of the page)

Voce ja se perguntou por que varias pessoas usam uma flor vermelha na roupa aqui no Reino Unido em meados de outubro ate dia 11 de novembro? Preste atencao nos apresentadores de televisao, reporteres, pessoas comuns e ate mesmo carros (sim, eu disse carros).

A Poppy (flor de papoula) eh um simbolo que representa todos os soldados mortos na Primeira e Segunda Guerra. Por causa de sua cor vermelha, a Poppy representa o sangue jorrado durante as guerras. Ano passado (2014) a Torre de Londres foi decorada com milhares de Poppies que foram a leilao depois (foto).

Por que 11 de novembro? Bem, eh o Remembrance Day  (Dia de Lembrar/Recordar).

No decimo primeiro dia do decimo primeiro mes na decima primeira hora foi quando as hostilidades cessaram na Primeira Guerra em 1918. Entretanto, a guerra acabou oficialmente com a assinatura do Tratado de Versailles em 28 de junho de 1919.

No Reino Unido, Remembrance Day ou Poppy Day eh comemorado no domingo mais proximo ao dia 11. No dia 11, eh feito 2 minutos de silencio as 11 horas da manha.

O Royal British Legion arrecada fundos para ajudar os veteranos de guerra. Em varios lugares (pubs, restaurantes, supermercados) voce encontra uma poppy pins para vender (geralmente perto dos caixas, por £1) e o dinheiro vai para o British Legion.

English Version:

Lest we forget

Have you ever wondered why so many people in the UK wear a poppy  – red flower – between mid-October and the 11th of November? Pay attention to TV presenters, ordinary people and even cars (yes, I said cars!).

The Poppy is a symbol that has been used to represent all the soldiers who died in World War I and II.  Because of its colour, the Poppy represents the blood shed during the wars. Last year (2014) there Tower of London was decorated with thousands of Poppies that would later on be actioned.

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Poppies in the Tower of London in 2014 / Poppies na Torre de Londres em 2014 (Photo: Wikipedia)

Why the 11th of November? Well, it’s Remembrance day.

On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour was when the hostilities of the WW I ended in 1918. However, The First World War officially ended on 28 June 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

In the UK, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day is celebrated (not quite the right word) on the Sunday nearest to the 11th. There’s a two-minute silence on 11th November, though.

Also, the Royal British Legion to raise funds for to support war veterans. Everywhere you go (pubs, restaurants, supermarkets etc) you can find poppy pins for sale (usually £1) and the money goes to the British Legion.

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Poppies being sold at a pub / Poppies a venda em um pub

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About claudiarant

Brazilian-born, British citizen and married to a Brit. I moved to the UK in 2011 and I decided to share my experiences, curiosities, challenges here so I hope you enjoy your reading. I'm an Industrial Designer a Language Teacher and a keen cyclist ;) Nascida no Brasil, cidada Britanica e marido britanico. Me mudei para o Reino Unido em 2011 e decidi compartilhar aqui minhas experiencias, curiosidades e desafios entao espero que curtam a leitura. Sou desenhista industrial e professora de idiomas (Ingles e Portugues para estrangeiros) e ciclismo eh minha nova paixao. View all posts by claudiarant

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