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9 November 2015 - Remembrance Day


Remembrance Sunday: Queen leads tributes as services held across UK

James Meikle (The Guardian)

It may now be more than a century since the start of the first world war, but the years show little sign of sating the appetite of Britain and its wartime allies for honouring those who have died in conflict.

As crowds packed into central London for the annual Remembrance Sunday tributes to those who have fallen, hundreds of more modest ceremonies were taking place in villages, towns and cities across the UK.

The Royal British Legion says half the population observes the traditional two-minute silence and 80% wear a poppy. Many no doubt will have family histories of loss stretching from the first world war, whose slaughter first prompted such a national commemoration, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As she has for more than five decades, the Queen led other royals, leading politicians, senior members of the armed forces and high commissioners from across the Commonwealth in laying wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph in London.
 
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Jeremy Corbyn
 
Jeremy Corbyn criticised for not bowing deeply enough at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday
Christopher Hope, Victoria Ward and Joe Shute (The Telegraph)
 
Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for not bowing deeply enough after laying a poppy wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

The Labour leader came under fire for only slightly moving his head after laying a traditional wreath of poppies.

The Labour leader's message in his wreath contained an appeal to remember the fallen "in all wars" and was not directed specifically at Britain's war dead.

Sir Gerald Howarth, a former Conservative defence minister, said Mr Corbyn was an "embarrassment" for not realising that remembering Britain’s war dead “requires complete commitment”.

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The Poppy
 
The Politicisation of the Poppy: the Misuse of the Poppy by the Far Right
Philip Mayne (The Huffington Post)

This year on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month the nation will, as it has for ninety-six years, come to a standstill. People all over the country will pause to think about those who served, that continue to serve, and who paid 'the ultimate sacrifice' since the First World War.

The British Legion's poppy has become a dominating symbol of remembrance. It is also a symbol of hope. In 2014 the British legion introduced the new strapline 'Live On - to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.' According to their website the poppy is 'about providing hope for the Armed Forces community of all ages.' However, in recent years it has increasingly become utilised by political organisations to promote their cause.

Organisations like Britain First have adopted the poppy in order to spread their Right-Wing messages. These groups use the poppy as clickbait, or more specifically sharebait. Simply put, they share an image which reaches out to people's patriotism. Britain First will usually post 20 or so images with provocative titles on them a day.

The use of this tactic has been successful, by November last year, they had 500,000 people liking their Facebook page, reaching an estimated 20 million people. At the time of writing, the page currently has over 978,000 likes.

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Objections to poppies
 
Five reasons people don't wear poppies
(BBC)

Each year millions of poppies are produced to commemorate members of the armed forces. A sizeable group of people choose not to wear them. What are their objections?

Since 1921, poppies have been worn on and ahead of Remembrance Day. Over 50 million are produced each year by the Poppy Factory in Richmond, south-west London, and Lady Haig's Poppy Factory in Edinburgh.

But while the symbol is widely displayed - and a near-ubiquitous sight on British television - there are many who have taken an active choice not to participate.

Here are some of the reasons people have given for not wearing them

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Last update November 9, 2015
Créé le November 9, 2015
ISSN 2107-7029
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