I don't know where I am going to display or keep my poppy. In fact, I am not sure that I want to display it as it doesn't seem appropriate somehow. I will live with it for a little bit and then make a decision. Perhaps I will keep it safely stored away and only put it out in the two weeks or so before Armistice Day each year.
This is a very sad piece of history to own, but a momentous one as well.
The funds raised from the sale of these poppies have been distributed between various military charities that support members of and families of service men and women.
After Armistice Day last year I had a comment from someone who was very emotional about my post on that day. I did respond to the comment at the time, but I have been waiting for the arrival of the poppy to write to you all a little about my feelings about Armistice Day. It seemed an appropriate way to share, at a time of year that was perhaps less emotional for us all.
There is a long history of military service in my family that has continued throughout the last century. Members of my family and spouses have served in different branches of the military, at home and abroad, in the English services and for other countries as well. My family has served in both The Great War, World War Two and more recent conflicts such as the Iraq War.
I don't think that any of these wars are a good thing. Far from it in fact. However, I do think that it is incredibly important to remember those who have served their countries in the past and who continue to serve now. Remembrance isn't glorification, it is just what it says, remembering. If we do not remember the past we are doomed to repeat it as the saying goes.
I remember in many ways, all the time. Not just on Armistice Day. However, on that special day when people the world over take a minute out of their day to stand in silence, as I do, it seems only appropriate to remember on my blog as well. A few simple words, a photograph or a poem is, to me, the right way to mark that moment.
Just as it is your right to be offended by that, it is my right to leave that mark. I support your right to be offended, and hope that you will support my right to say what I feel.
That is, after all, what a lot of wars are fought for. Freedom of speech, thought and deed.