Post by fretslider on Nov 1, 2017 7:33:32 GMT -5
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid 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 ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
Pretty clear so far, and it's difficult not to be moved by it. But enter the modern left and suddenly the symbol of remembrance becomes something competely different. You do need to do some mental gymnastics with this one...
The red poppy raises money for the British Legion in memory of those who died fighting over the past century, from World War One to the Irish Troubles to those who fell in the Middle East. But increasingly, those choosing to show their respect with a red poppy on their lapel have been accused of insensitivity or racism.
the rise of the white poppy movement, organised for more than 70 years by the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) has exacerbated the divide. The PPU say their white poppy highlights peace and memorialises those lost in “all wars” - unlike the red poppy, which they claim glamorises war.
Colonel Richard Kemp said during an appearance on Good Morning Britain this month the anti-poppy campaign was an “insult” to this who had made the “ultimate sacrifice”. He said: “The red poppy is a commemoration of all those people who made the ultimate sacrifice in war and they not only serve to commemorate but they also raise funds for the families of war dead.
“The White Poppy on the other hand is a left-wing political symbol. The funds don't go to help anyone but the organisers. "They are an insult to the war dead and deprive people of the funds they need."