Where’s leaf on poppy sym­bol?

Waipa Post - - News -

Won­der­ful mean­ing­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tions of our lost heroes dur­ing these past few days around Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

But what hap­pened about ‘the leaf’?

The beau­ti­ful poppy sym­bol­ises the lost blood of the ser­vice­men who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for us all, but it is com­fort­ing to see the green leaf too.

The poppy, with a leaf, should be worn so that the leaf points to the 11th minute, of the 11th hour (on the 11th day, of the 11th month).

But the green of the leaf gives some com­fort too. Green is for ‘go’ — and ‘new­ness’ and ‘growth’ — like in spring.

This would seem to add hope to the tragedy.

So why no leaf on the New Zealand Re­mem­brance Poppy? MAR­GARET LOVELL

Puke­to­tara

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