Last Friday your humble servant gave a small donation to the Poppy Appeal and picked up a poppy which I am now wearing with pride.
While pinning my poppy onto my blazer I thought of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedom that we have today.
Sitting in the grounds of the Parish Church eating my sandwiches yours truly could not help but spend a few moments looking at the war memorial straight in front of me.
It may be 100 years since the First World War broke out, and that’s a very long time, however we have not forgotten the bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedom we enjoy today. This has been shown with the huge popularity of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ memorial currently taking place at the Tower of London.
Last Friday there were a few people walking around displaying poppies on their attire, today there are a few more but sadly most people are not wearing poppies on their jackets or coats. This I find a shame.
Most noticeable of all is the lack of poppy wearing from the younger generation. They have portable phones and music players on display in abundance but not poppies.
When yours truly was a youngster a poppy seller used to visit my school on early November and we all gave as much of our pocket money as possible to the cause. I wonder if this still happens today?
I wonder do schools even teach the youngsters about the events of the early part of the 20th Century?
Of course the poppy appeal is more than about both world wars as the heroes who have been injured in more recent conflicts also benefit.
Sadly war has become something that we now watch commonly on television news. I fear the true horrors of conflict are not appreciated by most of the arm chair viewers who catch up on events on TV in the comfort of their living rooms while eating their evening meal.
The only exposure many youngsters have to conflict and war is through video games which are produced for entertainment rather than education.
Do the modern generation truly realise the suffering and sacrifice the people of this country made during both world wars? Sometimes I wonder.
Others may choose to sidestep the poppy this year however I for one will be wearing my poppy with pride. We all owe an awful lot to the brave men of this country who fought for our freedom.
What do you think?
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