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White poppies for peace
I finally got the timing right to take a pack of white poppies to sell at the Quaker meeting yesterday. Because we only meet twice a month, I usually forget until Remembrance Sunday has come and gone and it's too late. I'm now about to make a donation to the Peace Pledge Union with the proceeds, plus adding a contribution of my own.

Despite what I wrote two years ago about the Royal British Legion poppy appeal, I actually did buy a red poppy this year, mostly out of habit to be honest, but I am getting increasingly irritated by the insistence that all TV presenters must wear a poppy, even when reporting from the US on the US election. Poppies are not a thing over there, so the pristine ones that the reporters were wearing must have been specially posted out to them. Also there was the huge fuss over Fifa banning the wearing of poppy armbands. Honestly, they're footballers playing a game. I'm sure they can manage to not wear a poppy for 90 minutes. And despite what the pro-poppy lobby say, they are increasingly becoming a political symbol.
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jhetley From: jhetley Date: November 7th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was watching a Premier League game over the weekend, where the players had poppy patches on their uniform jerseys.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 7th, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
They wanted the footballers to be allowed to wear poppy armbands, but there is so much pressure to wear poppies these days. Sadly they have lost the connotations of "never again" and remembrance of those who died in defence of our nation and are increasingly becoming a pro-military symbol. :(
seaivy From: seaivy Date: November 7th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
we used to do poppies but then there got to be competing groups selling competing colors
the original meaning got lost

WW1 had different meaning for us - poppies were associated also with WW2 - our Veterans of Foreign Wars sold them
But Viet Nam really made things difficult and eventually eliminated poppies
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 7th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Royal British Legion have a monopoly on poppies here and I must admit that, despite my ambivalence to the poppies, I rather liked the hijab covered in poppies. Our right-wing louts tend to forget that many Muslims fought and died in the British armed forces.
julesjones From: julesjones Date: November 8th, 2016 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I noticed a few years ago that the Legion sells other faith (including atheist) versions of the small wooden cross with a poppy in the centre. The Legion remembers, even if the louts don't.
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