Pretty well everyone in this country wears a red poppy on their lapel from 1 November to 11 November (Remembrance Day) to honour and respect veterans both from WWI, WWII and the present day. It used to be just to remember those lost in the 2 World Wars , what they sacrificed for our freedom from tyranny but then they recently changed it to include the veterans in Afghanistan and support for the current military TODAY as well, and they are NOT heroes, since Afghanistan has never been a threat to this country and they raped and killed innocent civilians over there, hardly the “peace keepers” that they claimed to be and today’s military just invade other countries and steal their resources and kill,torture, and oppress their people, waging unjust wars that have nothing to do with fighting for freedom and there’s no way I support that. I don’t support the military or war. I only support peace so due to that I refuse to wear a poppy. To do so would be hypocritical. I only support the white poppy for peace campaign which promotes peace against a culture of military, war,and violence. Of course my stance doesn’t go over too well in this redneck town which is very pro-military, so much so that every business and car bumper has those “Support the troops” signs but it doesn’t surprise me though since rednecks are well known for supporting war, violence, the military, and love guns, hunting, shooting, and killing.As usual I find myself the only one standing on the other side of things with everyone else on the other side.
I also heard on the news that 2 of the poppy collection boxes were stolen and even though I don’t support the campaign and what it stands for and what it supports I still think it’s a disrespectful and shitty thing to do though; to steal $$$$ from elderly veterans is just low.It seems as well that me not supporting the troops and war is a rare thing and only some hippies and musicians are for peace but it seems everyone else is pro-military and pro-war and it really doesn’t say much for humanity, does it? Jesus was peaceful and non-violent and there’s no way He would have supported aggression, oppression, violence, and war and it really “gets” me that so many so-called “Christians” are pro-military, pro-gun, and pro-war; I mean, did they even LISTEN to what Jesus preached?
So, this YR as always I will not be wearing a poppy, unless I can find a white poppy somewhere, and I will not be involved in or commemorate the Remembrance Day activities. I do not support war or those that wage war.