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Wearing of remembrance ribbons/badges

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Sock Puppet:
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Sharnita:
I think people tend to wear or dsiplay ribbons all the time in the US.  Of curse, there are things for those who died in battle but also ribbons for various diseases and causes that don't have "days".

kareng57:
In Canada it's indeed normal to start wearing them around November 1.  As a matter of fact I saw quite a few people starting to wear them about 10 days ago, and IME that's fairly unusual.

However, many people are insistent that Remembrance Day ends at noon, and you take off your poppy then.  (It's quite usual to place them on the town cenotaph).

MacadamiaNut:
As someone who has lived in both the U.S. and Canada, I always get confused myself! (I am Canadian, btw and currently living at home.)

In Canada, I wear my poppy well beforehand and not just on the day.  This is very common in all the places I've lived in Canada.  If you attend a ceremony on the day, you can then offer your poppy there.  There are also various spots around the city I'm in, where you can lay your poppy down in remembrance.

P.S.  Just a quick tip on the poppies, if you are tired of always losing it, put an eraser at the end of the pin.  :)

kareng57:

--- Quote from: MacadamiaNut on November 06, 2011, 09:14:05 PM ---As someone who has lived in both the U.S. and Canada, I always get confused myself! (I am Canadian, btw and currently living at home.)

In Canada, I wear my poppy well beforehand and not just on the day.  This is very common in all the places I've lived in Canada.  If you attend a ceremony on the day, you can then offer your poppy there.  There are also various spots around the city I'm in, where you can lay your poppy down in remembrance.

P.S.  Just a quick tip on the poppies, if you are tired of always losing it, put an eraser at the end of the pin.  :)

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That's a good tip, I was always a chronic poppy-loser - they just about slide out of knit jackets or cardigans.  Another tip - learned from a female Cadet when DS #2 was in Air Cadets - stick the pin through your jacket, and then again out of the lower-edge of the poppy.

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