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It comes from the poem, "In Flanders Fields", by Lt Col John McCrae.
It is a wonderful tradition, showing support for all members of armed forces.
The poppies are not sold. Donations are appreciated and a large portion of that money goes to the wounded and buys them things they need.
^ I'm aware of that but next time you're watching Veteran's Day ceremonies pay attention to the amount of time they spend reporters talk about peace.
rewrite I'm aware of that but next time you're watching Veteran's Day ceremonies pay attention to the amount of time (reporters) talk about peace.
A utopia can't exist because in order to maintain one everyone within it would have to be happy to a certain extent. Friedrich Nietzsche said "what is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome." In other words happiness comes at a cost, and universal happiness or a universal state of peace at an unfeasibly... exorbitant, cost. I can't think of a price less than the loss of humanity to satisfy the price of peace.
Back to the red poppies though, I really don't think they are a "pacifier for the masses, accept war and accept death." But rather a memorial, a token of gratitude to our fallen statesmen, those who risked everything to ensure peace and stability for the rest of us back at home, or complete strangers halfway around the world.
Thank you, Mr_Spleen. Your second paragraph sums it up quite well.
As for "reporters talking about peace", bear in mind that that kind of talk would never boost ratings and, after all, that's what they are after.
Incidentally, I did watch some of the ceremonies yesterday (on FOXNEWS) and was moved by much of it.
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We should never forget our veterans.
Voted : It's a good tradition
better than nothing & it raises $
Yes, ABC, and none of that $ goes to the government.