How Poppies Became a Symbol of Remembrance After World War I

How Poppies Became a Symbol of Remembrance After World War I

White poppy sales at record high before Remembrance Day

Introduced in 1921 by the British Legion, the famous poppy pin is worn by some to remember the casualties of war.

A record number of commemorative white poppies have been sold before Remembrance Day this year despite the controversy around their use.

Senior Labour figures have hit back at Aaron Bastanis comments, including Deputy Leader Tom Watson who called his remarks appalling

The Peace Pledge Union, founded in 1934, says that the poppies represent remembrance, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war.

He adds: “I feel the poppy appeal is grotesque. I think it has triumphalist militarism to it, which, A, doesn’t really fit with Britain’s military position in the world anymore. And ‘B’, it’s racist, right? It’s white supremacists – I think.”

It also says that it sells them to commemorate those of all nationalities who have died in war, rather than only those from Britain and the Commonwealth like red poppies do. Some 119,555 white poppies have been sold so far in 2018, beating the previous record of 110,000 sold in 2015.

Aaron Bastani, a key supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, blasted the campaign as “absolutely sickening” and called for the Royal British Legion to be shut down in a tirade of online rants.

The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 and started selling red poppies that year. Their use as a symbol of remembrance for those who died…

In the video, he says: “We all know about the poppy appeal. It’s something that is a bit of a joke for people on the left.”

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