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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Le Rouge Et Le Blanc

It's that time of year again, and the White Poppy campaign is always worthy of support.

A few points of clarification:

1. While I don't personally do so, many people wear both red and white poppies together. The white poppy is simply more inclusive, commemorating both military and civilian casualties. Thus to the commenter on the BBC website who said that as she'd recently visited Dachau she would be wearing a red poppy with pride in memory of those who died to protect us from that, I would say "Great! but if you wore a white poppy too you could commemorate the people who died in Dachau as well as those who liberated it."

2. Red poppies commemorate British servicemen and women who gave their lives not just in the two World Wars but in all the conflicts since (actually, I think we should backdate them to include British troops who died in the Crimea, at Waterloo, fighting off the Roman invasion: whatever). Brave men and women all, and nothing in the white poppy campaign in any way diminishes their sacrifice, or the appreciation of it by those of us who have come after.

3. Bringing it up to date: the red poppy honours our soldiers who have died in Iraq an Afghanistan. The white poppy also honours, not only the Iraqi civilians killed in the conflict, but the men and women who died in the WTC and the Pentagon.; not only the British soldiers killed in Northern Ireland, but the victims of IRA bombs.

Please support the campaign.


At 11 October, 2007 11:18, Anonymous eddi the seahorse said...

A few years ago I visited the Somme memorial park at Beaumont-Hamel, not far from Amiens. A portion of the trenches and No Man's Land has been preserved, and a self-guided walk allows the visitor to retrace the steps of the Tommies as they went over the top - straight into the face of the German machine guns.

I vowed then that I would never wear a poppy which bore the name "Haig". This put me in something of a quandary when Remembrance Day came round... Fortunately, the Royal British Legion catalogue offered some tasteful alternatives, including a discreet metal lapel pin.

Thankfully, the black centres of Remembrance Day poppies now read "Poppy Appeal" rather than "Haig Fund".


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