posted on Nov, 2 2014 @ 06:22 PM
Yes it started several years after the end of the war when the body from no mans land was taken home for burial in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier who
stands for all those who fell. We remember on the 11th of November with a minutes silence at 11am to mark the moment the Armistice went into effect.
We wear a poppy to represent the first flower that grew in Flanders when the war ended. Also, the thousands of poppys in the fields symbolise the
bodies of the dead after going over the top. Of course since 1945 we remember the dead of both wars. It's not just about honouring the fallen but a
reminder of why we should strive to never let things go that far again.
Funny enough I remember an almost identical story doing the rounds, even a very similar thread being created here. Every october these stories appear,
the tabloids tear rabidly into anyone on the tv not wearing an elaborate looking poppy. Before the Iraq war and 7/7 th papers could care less about
Rememberance Day but it's now getting hijacked as some kind of jingoistic, fake patriotic day that absolutely pisses me off for the sheer hypocrisy
My great grandfather and grandfather fought in both wars, my great grandfather drowned in his own lungs from gas. I was in the cadets and have been to
many Rememberance day parades. It actually means something to me, tv personalities wear a poppy because their agents and tv bosses tell them too
whereas the papers can't help but turn it into a point of patriotism even though 10 years ago it would be lucky to be mentioned at all.
I've no problem with patriotism but this fake jingoism the tabloids encourage is frankly insulting because it's given the same degree of thought as
given to saturday nights X factor or the latest guy Jordan has a kid to.
The reporting of random attacks on poppy sellers or 'muslims' saying our soldiers are burning in hell have become a yearly ritual come November. I
know fine the papers will say they're simply reporting a story and never made any references to the religion, race or motive of the attacker but they
know fine that by saying black or asian that many will make that connection now that Nov 11 is somehow about national pride and celebrating our
military which is ironic to say the least and missing the point entirely.
I dare say the boy was attacked but we have absolutely no understanding of the background from what was written.It's entirely possible it was
completely random, the attacker could have been to a shop n bought deodorant then when he saw the victim who he may know already, not everybody tells
the police all they know, decided to use it with the lighter on him.
If premeditated then was it over something between them or did someone attack the lad simply as an anti-British gesture.It's doubtful we'll ever
find out but it won'y stop those with an agenda from stirring up anti-muslim sentiments which are less and less below the surface, particularly with
ISIS's goading of the UK and the US over the beheadings. IS wants to the UK to attack them so they can stir up the anger of muslims in the UK causing
more and more troublr until the country is at war with itself. It's ramping up slowly with people going to fight,terrorist plots being discovered and
a constant drip feed of anti islamic feeling growing louder and louder.
If one of our principles is freedom if religion which it is I don't see what can truly be done to keep the peace except full open engagement with the
islamic community instead of the usual pussy footing around over matters of race and religion. Personally speaking I'd allow immigrants through the
borders but their religion and gods aren't allowed to come through customs except only behind their own front doors, which would stand equally for
all other mental instability like christianity or the moonies whatever.
We don't know what led up to the attack, it could be a local bit of carry on that got out of hand or something more sinister but to highlight it and
repirt it that fashion, i.e the reporting of the attackers colour will have a certain meaning to many when for all we know the flame thrower was a
Scientologist or a Jew, a Hindu or Mormon but the assumption will be a Muslim.
All I have to say is yes we do Nov 11th to remember the soldiers who died, the wounded and crippled and everyone on all sides who fought in both wars.
They did fight for whatever freedom meant to them and a sense of doing right, for family, their friends or simply to survive but I can't help feeling
that the way Armistice Day and wearing a poppy has come to represent the military and patriotism, along with the way these things are represented in
the papers would have all the missing in Flanders spinning in their graves.
These things need to be addressed sensibly but effectively but this is NOT the time of year to be highlighting the issue, show the dead we're
apparently meant to be remembering a little respect.