Proportionally more irish died in WW I than perhaps any other nationality fighting for the allies. Yet a stroll through ireland in November notes the relative absence of wearing the poppy to mark our fallen family members. Heads of state may mark the occasion with laying a wreath, but isnt that their job? What about the general population ? Does the Irish people tacitly ignore our massive involvement in WWI out of some desire to distance themselves from the British Empire ?
Has the Easter rising ( black & tans, Ulster troubles etc ) somehow given us collective amnesia or is it that we prefer to reflect in silence on the anniversary of the armistice ? The great tragedy being that, nearly a hundred years later, it is still very ambigous just exactly what people were fighting for ? Please can i especially appeal to those who lost family members to discuss whether they wear a poppy or otherwise mark the sad passing of a soldier in a lost generation.
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