Why is it that a wish for peace is contrary to remembering the veterans and the dead that gave their lives so that we may live in peace?
Why can we not wear a red and a white poppy and do honour to both causes?The veterans and the slain are remembered with the evocative red whilst white portrays anti violence and the wish to prevent others falling to the sword.To me it all seems fucking ridiculous that we should bicker over such a ludicrous argument.
If peace is our aim, and those that died might have hoped that it is, then there would be no need of the red or white poppies. Until then, in my view, one embraces the other.
Traditions change I would even go as far as combining the two flowers, vivid red against stark white. The imagery here is pronounced aside, that is, from an illustration of the cost of peace. This, though, is for another time.
Would those that have fallen, given the choice, have preferred to wear such flowers rather than lie beneath them in some far and forgotten field?
It does not matter what flower or symbol we use to mark remembrance so long as we do. . .remember them.