I used to be critical of people with this view. But I have heard some good arguments, such as the fact that our Remembrance Day observances focus solely on the military and ignore the deaths of innocent civilians, including children and animals. We also glorify violent conflict to a great extent.

Some now wear a

I used to be critical of people with this view. But I have heard some good arguments, such as the fact that our Remembrance Day observances focus solely on the military and ignore the deaths of innocent civilians, including children and animals. We also glorify violent conflict to a great extent.

Some now wear a white poppy, or none at all. Some prefer to not to be a part of any special services or ceremonies.

What do you think?

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Zezo Zeze Zadfrack: I wouldn't start a movement to stop people buying or wearing poppies. It's too entrenched and it still does collect a lot of money to help ex-servicemen and women from more recent conflicts. But I am no fan of the way that government has taken the whole movement over and uses it to promote the more vainglorious elements of war. I'm now refusing to wear a poppy as it's becoming more de rigueur to be seen wearing one. No wonder the younger generation is turned off by it all. It's less about those who have lost their lives and more about the justification of sending young people to their deaths for spurious political reasons.
I quite agree that as many civilians have lost their lives in both world wars 'keeping the home fires burning'. They were killed for their pains but are seldom if ever honoured. Sure it may seem brave to go off to the front and fight, but either you were conscripted to do it and probably didn't want to go, or are now a professional soldier, knowing the risks but choosing to pick up a weapon and get sent to any theatre of conflict the government sees fit, and being paid well for it.
BBC TV was virtually controlled by government for the commemoration of the end of WW1, to the extent that I was sickened and refused to view any of it or to take part in any of the remembrance day events. And that's having gone from previously wanting to honour those who gave their lives in service of our country.
It's not much of a compensation to be remembered at a cenotaph, having given your life in wars we should never have been supporting, and I'm not at all surprised to learn that the services are finding it impossible to recruit enough personnel now.

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Zezo Zeze Zadfrack:
I like the "Poppy for Peace " (white poppy ), but I couldn't flipping well find one!
Jimmy C:
They do not glorify war at all. Some younger people seem be confused on this issue.
The poppies are about remembering the heroism of all those young men who willingly fought and died for their country. That does not glorify war. It commemorates the tragedy of heroic death.

It was also tragic about the innocent civilians you mentiion, but they are just the victims, not the heroes.

When young men and teenage boys willingly signed up and were shipped off to the front lines knowing they would probably die, that is true heroism and should always be commemorated.

Zed:
What movement? I have a bigger movement in my bowels each morning.
Poppies are not white. They are red.

The weed daisy is white.

Dayton:
It's a good point, we should try to avoid future wars.
Squidmaster:
Remembrance Day has nothing to do with glorifying war.
Yes, its focused on the military, because it is specifically a day of remembrance for those who served in the military and fought to preserve our way of life. We remember the people who specifically stood up to oppose the tyrants who tried to crush us (Hitler for example). The ones who CHOSE to sacrifice themselves for us.

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