I wear a White Poppy with pride.
I find Remembrance Sunday and annual opportunity to demonstrate the futility of war.
I don’t want to be insolent nor insensitive.
I understand that for many people who have lost relatives or close friends in wars will remember on November 8, with more sorrow than pride, those who died in old and recent wars, and to try to make sense of their loss.
Even after many years their grief can be deep and sincere.
I also feel anger when I see the pomp and circumstance of the usual ceremonies at the Cenotaph and also locally, the glorification of war, the patriarchal militarism and traditional religion represented.
I abhor the way in which politicians cynically exploit, the hypocrisy of mourning past dead whilst preparing for present and future wars.
I too mourn the deaths of soldiers, many of whom died bravely for their ideals and comrades, even if I believe their lives were wasted and their deaths unnecessary.
The many civilian deaths are as much to be mourned, but they don’t have any memorials nor their names are engraved on any monument.
The recent conflicts in the Middle East remind us that wars are still happening today, and the suffering caused by the arms race which makes weapons more profitable than food increases continually.
Let’s take the opportunity of Remembrance Sunday to clarify a vision of a world without war, mourning our dead and commit ourselves to avoid creating the conditions for more conflicts.
The white poppy has become the accepted symbol of peace and remembrance.
Let everyone who opposes war to wear a White Poppy during Remembrance week.
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