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Old 15th November 2016, 18:58   #63 (permalink)
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Re: The Last Post

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Originally Posted by bickern View Post
I think war memorials and their meaning has really gone over your head, maybe if you visit a few you will get a better understanding.

The significance of 'The Poppy', the how and what it signifies, also seems to have gone over your head, maybe if you visit The Royal British Legion someone will explain their take on it:

WHAT THE POPPY MEANS

The poppy is

A symbol of Remembrance and hope
Worn by millions of people
Red because of the natural colour of field poppies

The poppy is NOT

A symbol of death or a sign of support for war
A reflection of politics or religion
Red to reflect the colour of blood

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and reflects individual and personal memories. It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it helps – our beneficiaries: those currently serving in our Armed Forces, veterans, and their families and dependants.

This video sends a good message.

In Flanders Fields, John McCrae - YouTube
What I am concerned about is that for many it has become not a sign of remembrance and hope, but of national pride.

This sort of comment for example is rife:
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Interim England manager Gareth Southgate described the poppy on Thursday as "part of our identity as a nation".
and not often this:
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Fifa's secretary general, Fatma Samoura, told BBC Sport last week: "We have to apply uniformly and across the 211 member associations the laws of the game.

"Britain is not the only country that has been suffering from the result of war. The only question is why are we doing exceptions for just one country and not the rest of the world?"
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