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Thread: Wearing a Poppy. Has our war dead somehow been airbrushed out of our history ?

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    Default Wearing a Poppy. Has our war dead somehow been airbrushed out of our history ?

    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 ?
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    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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    How about gender-balance in immigration into ireland ? Is it currently 40 blokes arriving for every 1 woman arriving on these shores ?

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    Oh oh - Poppy thread - blue fuse has been lit!

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    poppies,lillies commemorating wars what a load of bullsh*t

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    Have six of them in our family.
    They died in India.South Africa etc.
    They are a black stain on us.
    Plundering.torturing and raping the globe.
    Remember them for what?

    Visit their graves,honour them....Never.
    If they were that hungry.they should have emigrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Of Newgrange View Post
    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 ?
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    Has the Easter rising and subsequent events 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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    Not so sure that Ireland suffered a higher death rate than any other Country in WWI by any means

    The Poppy strictly speaking is worn to show that one has made a contribution to the Royal British Legion

    - which is a charity to support ex members of Britain's Crown Forces in need of help

    A lot of people still feel that we were led up the garden path by the Brits in that one...

    Over simplification I know but viscerally that's the way its felt

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    Is it that time already.

    Let me start off.

    For those who wish to wear a poppy, wear it proudly and commemorate those you feel deserve it.

    For those who don't wish to wear a poppy, give respect to those who do.

    For those who feel strongly about not wearing a poppy, please don't get involved in the yearly argument. Allow people to show respect.
    1,197 people agree with me.. how many agree with you ?

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    Yeah.sure.
    What would you say to someone commemorating their SS grand uncle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Of Newgrange View Post
    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 ?
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    Has the Easter rising and subsequent events 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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    Very simply, they're not our war dead they are Britain's war dead, if you want to show your respects to soldiers of the British army work away, just dont try to revise history or deny facts to suit your agenda.

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    Brave little Belgium eh - small nations etc.

    Irony of ironies

    Why do we need to count how many people do stuff. Live and let live. We live in a pluralist society - a Republic. Let people do what they want without enforcing or banning displays of respect etc. By someone elso not wearing something should not affect your decision to wear or not wear it.

    Problem in our history is that we have been told too often by too many vested interests who or what we should be and think. Leave us alone

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    There isn't a person who posts on this site who hasn't lost an ancestor, knowingly or not, during WWI.

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