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This week, we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War (writes columnist Shaz Nawaz, city council Labour Group leader). The last Tommies passed away years ago; the so-called “Great War” has faded from living memory. Now it is recalled with names etched in memorials across the country; children may wonder what it was all about and look it up on Wikipedia on their smartphones I am very glad that every year we have the ritual of Remembrance Day; those who fought, perished or survived, deserve more than just monuments in stone, but to be recalled as flesh and blood human beings who had aspirations, dreams, hopes, virtues and yes, faults.We should be mindful of our duty to the living: servicemen and women who have fought in recent wars and their families deserve not just our regard, but also should have the covenant the nation has made with them fulfilled. I was deeply disturbed by the recent case of a retired RAF serviceman originally from … [Read more...] about Remembrance Day: We will remember them all
For many Brits, what the purple poppy means and where to get one is a mystery. Here's everything you need to know about the purple pin. What does it mean? This purple poppy was created in 2006 in remembrance of the animal victims of war. All donations originally went to the charity Animal Aid, but more recently stolen dog charity Murphy's Army have taken over. Animal Aid Director, Andrew Tyler, said in a statement on the charity website: "Our aim was to make it clear that animals used in warfare are indeed victims, not heroes. They do not give their lives; their lives are taken from them. In order to distance itself from the established narrative of animals as heroic servants of the people, Animal Aid have turned the purple poppy into a pin that can be worn in remembrance. WASH OUT Brits face floods and power cuts amid torrential weather - will you be affected? Remember them This is why the two-minute silence on Armistice Day is held at 11am trenchcoat killer 12 dead including cop … [Read more...] about Where can I buy a purple poppy for animals this WW1 Remembrance Day?
Northern Ireland is prreparing to pay tribute 100 years on from the signing of the Armistice. Field of Remembrance, Belfast (November 5 - November 18)A 'Field of Remembrance' has been erected on Donegall Square opposite Belfast City Hall and is free for all to visit between November 5 and November 18. The field is made up of small wooden crosses, poppies and messages dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Great War. Read moreFestival of Remembrance, Lisburn (November 9)A Festival of Remembrance will take place at Lagan Valley Island on Friday November 9 and will feature performances from The Military Wives Choir, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment and many more. Tickets for the event cost £12 with all proceeds going towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.Read moreLights On, Belfast (November 9)Armistice Centenary Events will gather at Dr. Pitt Memorial Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a ceremonial lighting of torches … [Read more...] about Remembrance Day 2018: Services and events in Northern Ireland
DURING November, millions of people throughout Britain wear poppies as a mark of respect and recognition to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War and the conflicts that followed. Much of the meaning behind the poppy is known – but is there a 'correct way’ to wear the poppy? And how much money should you donate to the appeal? How should you wear a poppy? The poppy has become a powerful visual symbol of the commemorations around Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and there are various theories about the "right" way to wear a poppy. Many people say it should be worn on the left lapel, to keep it close to your heart – it also marks the symbol’s military origins, as this is the side medals are worn by the Armed forces. Another school of thought is that the poppy should be worn on the left by men and the right by women, as is traditional for a badge or brooch. The positioning of the flower’s leaf … [Read more...] about Which side should you wear your poppy on, how much to donate and are the traditions in England and Scotland different?