Remembrance Day - Poppy Appeal
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It is too easy sometimes to forget the sacrifices that people we have never met have made and continue to make on our behalf. I wear my poppy with pride in the real world, and also here on BGG. I would love to see more people doing the same; if you can't afford the Remembrance Day microbadge, add an item below and I will shout you the 8GG to get the badge if you will wear it.

I would love to craft some beautiful words here now, expressing gratitude and admiration, describing bravery and selflessness, but I have nothing that could possibly do it justice.

All I can do is try and make sure they are never forgotten.

This is the third year of my poppy appeal and I was stil unable to come up with anything more suitable than the words above, written for last two lists.
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1. Board Game: Red Poppies: WWI Tactics [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:6170]
Kent Reuber
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I just purchased the micro badge. I thought I'd add this game as a tribute. My grandfather Reuber served in WWI.
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2. Board Game: In Flanders Fields [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:10562]
Dale Thomson
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I always wear a poppy in real life, and I would proudly wear one here if I had one. My grandpa is a WWII veteran, and I am grateful for the sacrifices of those who fought and died for their countries and our liberty.
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3. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1678]
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My grandfather's brother (who I never met) was a mechanic with the AEF's Air Service in WWI. Don't have any details beyond that, might be something to do some research on some day.

My dad enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor (figuring it was better to try and pick his fate rather than have it be chosen for him via the draft). This started out well, as he scored so high on the entrance tests that he was sent to OCS at Purdue. Unfortunately, his college career lasted only one semester--the army decided they needed more grunts and less college boys.

Placed in HHC of 327 Combat Engineers of 102d Ozark division as a radioman (in high school he had a HAM license and already knew how to transmit Morse code). Sailed from New Jersey to Cherbourg in Sept 1944. Spent the war with the 102d, but never was in direct combat: "was under some artillery barrages, but no German ever pointed a weapon at me and pulled the trigger,"is how he has described it to me. Came home in 1946.
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My Uncle Clarence was in Butler's Blue Battlin' Bastards of the 395th Infantry Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in the fighting, but he and his buddies never gave an inch during the battle. He received a Purple Heart for what he gave in WWII.
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Purchased my poppy last year.

My dad Doug was a member of the U.S. Navy's Construction Battalion, aka The Seabees. He served in Korea, and in Vietnam at Hue during the Tet Offensive, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Thank you to all who have served.
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6. Board Game: Combat Infantry [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:7103]
Drew Thomson
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So thankful for all those who have served and are now serving. Would very much appreciate the MB to be able to express my gratitude to them in some small way here.
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7. Board Game: Francis Drake [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:373]
Richard Morris
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For the record (and, no, I don't need the ) both my grandfathers sailed in the first world war, one as a stoker in the merchant navy, and the other as a signaller in the Royal Navy. One of the ships he sailed on was the HMS Drake

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Drake_(1901)

His rather modest war service notes do not say if he was onboard when the Drake was torpedoed, but as most hands on board survived, he may have been. He ended the war escorting the German fleet to Scapa flow, and then guarding it.

I have a copy of a signal he was the coder for (from the C in C, Grand Fleet to the Admiralty) on 21st November 1918 announcing the surrender for internment of 5 Battle Cruisers, 9 Battleships, 7 Light Cruisers and 49 Destroyers of the High Seas Fleet.

At this time I also think of my daughter's partner, a captain in the British Army. We all endured a fraught time when he was in Afghanistan. Quite how families coped in the great wars I do not know.
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You inspired me to pick up my "poppy".

My father left home without telling his family and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. They learned about his enlistment from the post card he sent from the train station. Dad served on the USS Oberon, a transport/supply ship. From his stories, I believe the Oberon saw action in the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific. Once he returned, Dad pretty much never left home again. I wish I had recorded his stories when I was younger, but he has been gone for 20 years now, so my chance is past.
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9. Board Game: Over There [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:8408]
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My Grandfather, Jacob Stear, crossed the Atlantic with the AEF in the summer of 1918. Co. C, 330 Infantry Regiment, 83rd Div., US Army.

In July 1918, one month after arrival, he was assigned as a rifle instructor, and held back from the front. For which, while he was quite angry / frustrated, those of us who came later are quite thankful. I have his letters and diary from the experience, and someday will try to make available on-line. He had a cute code for communicating back to the folks at home where he was in his letters.

I still have his helmet, as modeled by my son, and with a closeup showing my Grandfather's inscription inside: Company C, 330 Infantry (Regiment), AEF.





We donated his gas mask, pack, uniform, and rifle to the Saltsburg, PA library museum... perhaps it is still there. My brother has his service ribbons.

I only knew my Grandfather in his declining years, while I was but a kid, in the late 1960's / early 1970's... he succumbed to Alzheimer's in 1974, but lived on until 1981 (that was horrible).

By 1972, having sent two sons to WWII (my father, US AAF, never saw action, and my Uncle, US Army, who was wounded in Alsace) and watching later teenage/ adult descendants dispatched to Korea and Vietnam, he had become quite bitter on what future remained for humanity.

Thank you for your service, Granddad. And as you can hopefully see, we live on in freedom, in an intact world. Pax.

-Jim

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10. Board Game: Alsace 1945 [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:12141]
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My Dad's older brother joined the Army in 1944, and arrived in France after D-Day. As a private, he took part in the battles around the Colmar Pocket. He was shot in the leg, carrying ammo up to the platoon's machine guns. Purple Heart, back to the States, rest and recovery, war ended, college on the GI Bill, and petroleum engineering after that. Not called up for Korea. Still alive today (88), and writing his memoirs of his youthful war experiences. While his short-term memory is becoming cloudy, he can flash back to those moments 68 years ago with razor-sharp recollection... rattling off names, dates and places.

In October, he and six other US Army veterans were awarded the Legion of Honour for their service:

1945 Alsace


-Jim

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11. Board Game: A.R.P. [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My grandfather ran the village shop, the Spitfire fund, and was the local ARP. The village's old lead mines might not have made it a target, but being only ten miles east of Belfast's H&W shipyards ...

In the '70's as kids, my brother and I would dare each other on just how far we'd turn the handle on the old siren "Poppa" still had; zero to LOUD in 6 inches.
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12. Board Game: Canada at War #1 [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Both of my Grandfathers fought in WWII. My Mother's father fought for the Netherlands and my Father's father fought for Canada.

My Father-In-Law fought in Vietnam

I purchased the Poppy to honor those 3 fine men and all the others that have served.
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13. Board Game: Air Force [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3339]
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My Dad joined the AAF in 1945, trained as a pilot, unfortunately was washed out of the flight program within the year, and went on to complete his service as a crew chief. No action in WWII or Korea (he got out in 1947 and wasn't recalled). Despite not achieving his hope of being a fighter pilot, he was proud of his service, and I and the siblings are proud of him.

After school at Spartan and completing his pilot's license, he joined United Airlines in 1956, and retired as a DC10 captain in 1987 (he loved that ship, despite the 1970-80's mishaps... never moved up to the 747). Regrettably, he passed away in an accident in 1991.

-Jim
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14. Board Game: Viet Nam [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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I would proudly wear the poppy.

Grandpa(Army): WWII, Korea, Vietnam
Father(Navy): Vietnam
Uncle(Army): Vietnam
Uncle(Marines): Vietnam
Uncle(Army)
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15. Board Game: Anzio [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2958]
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My grandfather was a Royal Marine sergeant, and was heavily involved in the Italian campaign. He was invalided for summer 1944 (Malaria!) and so missed D-day in Normandy.
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16. Board Game: RAF [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1908]
Chris B
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I wear one for all the men & women who made sacrifices for freedom. From a family perspective my Dad served as a navigator in RAF Coastal Command, flying out of Northern Ireland & Scotland. His stories of flying over the North Atlantic using dead reckoning to find their way to Rockall & back again still give me the shivers. His brother flew Halifaxes in the RAF out of Yorkshire and was shot down & killed over Belgium on a mission to the Ruhr.
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17. Board Game: Canadian Crucible: Brigade Fortress at Norrey [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:5729]
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This month is always filled with deep and profound gratitude for those who have served and gave their lives--lest we forget. But for many Americans -- especially the younger generations -- Rememberance Day or Veterans Day is just another holiday and they do not get the Red Poppy thing. So wear it with pride so it gives us an opportunity to tell them what it is all about.

In Flanders Fields....

Grandfather a SGT in the Regina Rifles in WWII and his other 4 brothers all wore the uniform

Great Grandfather served with Saskatchewan Regiment at Vimy Ridge WWI
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18. Board Game: Iwo Jima: Valor of Arms, 19 Feb. – 25 March 1945 [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:7924]
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My grandfather on my Mom's side enlisted too young and served as a marine in the Pacific in WWII. He would vividly describe his combat during the invasion of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He returned a different man than he left I am told and that is often a forgotten toll of war.

His wife built B-24 bombers in Fort Worth. The same plane class in which her brother, a bombardier, would be shot down in over Holland during the same war.

My grandmother on my Dad's side built B-17's in what is now the Cleveland IX Center. Her husband, my grandfather, built tanks.

We had family before which served on both sides in the civil war, including an Ohio artilleryman whose name you can see on the memorial in Cleveland Public Square.

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My wife's grandfather was a tank driver in the 3rd army in WWII.

Her great-great grandfather left us a treasure trove of letters from his service in the Civil War. He enlisted shortly after Bull Run and served through the entire war. He started in the 72nd NYV and ended with the 120th in 1865. We have a vast majority of his letters home from 1864 and on he wrote to his sweetheart. He described iron clad battles, accepting defectors, and various battles. Unfortunately we don't have his account of the Peach Orchard or any of the major battles since we don't think he started writing home regularly until later in the war.

Despite injuries we know he had; http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/72ndInf/7...

the man never once complained about his situation in his letters. He proudly and gratefully served his new home as a new arrival from Alcase-Lorraine. I am busily trying to compile them with Grandma's help (already an author of kid's books) to something readable for the family.

-Jay
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19. Board Game: Breakthrough: Cambrai [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4456]
Big Sean
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I always think of the sacrifice given by so many at this time each year.
More so now since the passing of my father who served in the Royal Navy in WW2. His favourite hymn is played this time every year, and always brings back great memories for me.

I Vow To Thee My Country


I vow to thee, my country
All earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect
The service of my love

The love that asks no questions
The love that stands the test
That lays upon the alter
The dearest and the best

The love that never falters
The love that pays the price
The love that makes undaunted
The final sacrifice

A love that asks no questions
A love that stands the test
That lays upon the alter
The dearest and the best

I vow to thee, my country
All earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect
The service of my love

And there's another country
I've heard of long ago
Most dear to them that love her
Most great to them that know

We may not count her armies
We may not see her King
Her fortress is a faithful heart
Her pride is suffering

And soul by soul and silently
Her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness
And all her paths are peace

We may not count her armies
We may not see her King
Her fortress is a faithful heart
Her pride is suffering

And soul by soul and silently
Her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness
And all her paths are peace


It was origianlly a poem by Sir Cecil Spring Rice written in 1921 and set to music written by Gustav Holst. (the middle movement in "Jupiter" from The Planets) So moving. Also Nimrod by Elgar I can feel the emotion just writing this.
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20. Board Game: Vimy Ridge [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
Alex Treacher
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I hadn't seen the poppy microbadge before today, when I noticed it on someone else's avatar earlier. Bought it immediately... The real world poppy; yes, every year.

My maternal grandfather, born in 1898, lied about his age and enlisted in the Royal Marines for the First World War. As I kid I listened to a lot of his stories of Eastney Barracks, and his years in France during the war. After the war ended he stayed in France and Belgium for some time working with the War Graves Registration Service.

Fortunately for him he wasn't a front line trooper but was posted to artillery, rising to the heady height of Bombardier (that's a good old-fashioned rank!) on the colossal 15" howitzer batteries. Likely the reason his hearing was never up to much in his later years...

His batteries saw action at Vimy Ridge and on the Somme. He was... let's just say prone to exaggeration, as a lot of old soldiers can be... but it is within the realms of possibility that his assertion that his gun fired the first shot of the Somme might have a grain of truth within it.

After he de-mobbed he never entirely left the military life behind - joining a Territorial Royal Horse Artillery company (becoming a Battery Sergeant Major), and enrolling as an Air Raid Warden and Home Guard in the Second World War since he was too old to re-enlist. (Plus his wife would have doubtless given him hell, since they had a six-year old child by 1939!)

His dog tags will be one hundred years old in a couple of years...

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21. Board Game: Holocaust [Average Rating:4.78 Unranked]
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The majority of my father´s family had been gassed in Auschwitz.
About 20 relatives I could never meet.....
Only my grandfather, father and aunt were able to survive this horror by hiding at friends who put themselves in great danger because of their help.

I want to thank those Germans who risked their own lifes in order to help my family.
And I want to thank everyone who was involved in ending this atrocious years.


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22. Board Game: Liberator: Warszawa 1944 [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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Just attended a talk at the local library on the Willow Run plant and the B-24 production. Nice presentation - good run through the production numbers of what Ford and company were able to accomplish there vs. what had been the norm in aircraft production.

Speaker was former navy pilot (P-3 Orion) and current pilot of the Yankee Air Museum's B-17.

He also gave the appeal where they are trying to come up with donations to be able to buy a section of the former plant to preserve and make into a museum (else the current holders of the plant are schedule to tear it down next summer).

In the audience was a 90 yr old gentleman who flew P-38s out of New Guinea.
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23. Board Game: In Flanders Fields [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:10562]
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I visited the Menin Gate memorial in Flanders several years ago (actually as part of a WWI battlefield tour when I was in the OTC). It is, of course, a very moving place, especially when they play the Last Post, a ceremony the locals have done daily, barring some interruptions during WWII.

Only later did I learn that a relative's name is inscribed there - my grandmother's uncle. She never knew him, as she wasn't born until after the war. I'll have to go back there one day and find his name.
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24. Board Game: Terrible Swift Sword: Battle of Gettysburg Game [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2911]
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Wonderful idea! I wear the poppy for my Great-Great-Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. Both American Civil War Union veterans: 5th W.V. Cavalry and 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery respectively.

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25. Board Game: Somme 1918 [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:5173]
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A great idea, I'm always proud to wear a poppy.

Im always shocked when I drive round the north of France and you see the graveyards. The thought of what happened in those fields just chills you.
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