Thursday, November 09, 2006

Red or White?

Now that Remembrance Sunday is fast approaching, we have the liberal do-gooders out in force attempting to promote the wearing of a white poppy in preference to the traditional red one.
Their argument is that wearing the red poppy glorifies war, whereas the white poppy encourages people to think of peace.
What a load of bollocks. The red poppy initially symbolised the blood spilt on the fields of Flanders, Paschendale, Somme and the like. Millions of these RED poppies grew on many battlefields after the First World War. We should never forget the ultimate sacrifice these men (and women) made for our country.
As an ex serviceman myself, I feel very strongly that our war dead, past and present are forgotten too quickly once peace is restored and if wearing a RED poppy is all it takes to jog peoples memory, then that is a small price to pay.
I make a point of buying my RED poppy from a war veteran just so that I can shake their hand and thank them personally for the contribution and sacrifice they made towards this country remaining free.
Once again, the nanny state rears it's ugly head in trying to suppress us from expressing our true feelings about which to them, is a touchy subject. You cannot hide from the fact that there will always be wars fought for whatever reason and wearing a RED poppy does not in any way glorify it. It always reminds me of the horrors of needless conflict that thankfully I have never had to experience.

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard among the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If yea break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


the letter b said...

i was about to blog about this but didn't get round to do it. never mind :)

the funny thing is that the church saw themselves fit to wade into the white poppy tosh. either they aren't aware of their history, or that they are ingrates. neither are they aware of the what-if scenario: if hitler did get his grip on the UK, the anglican church would be made to preach in german, and its even highly probable "anglican"/ "church of england" would be renamed as "the kirk of the deutschefatherland" or summat - in gerry of course.

there should be a legislation [somewhat akin to singapore's] where the church or any other religious representative are totally disallowed from speaking on matters they have absolutely no clue about. or chose to be ignorant and then aggravate the rest of us with their preachy balderdash, with brimstone and fire thrown in for good measure.

whereas for the liberal do-gooders, if i'm in the UK right now, i'd lurve to tell em to shove their white poppies up a place where the sun don't shine.

soz for taking much space here, krip. should have vented my spleen on my space innit?

krip said...

Consider our spleens vented.

Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly with both of you.

revinkevin said...

Well said, the poppy must be red, the white one is disresptful.revinkevin