Originally Posted by Mad Cook
Next week I'm on Poppy selling duty in the entrance to the local supermarket (the only time I go in there - they belong to Walmart - 'nuff said!)
The Royal British Legion is a UK charity providing lifelong support for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans, and their families. Every year in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday (the nearest Sunday to November 11th - the date of the end of WW1) they organize the poppy collection.
We used to stand in the street with a tray of poppies round our necks but there were a few muggings and the RBL decided we couldn't stand outside anymore.
Sadly there are those who object to the poppies and the remembrance services because they think it "glorifies" war. It doesn't. It helps ex-service personnel and their families who have suffered as a result of war and who are in need as a result of their service.
Ignore the naysayers. We, the non military public can never do enough for our Veterans. Specially, the wounded ones and those left without limbs.
War leaves a mark on our Vets that we as civilians can never imagine. Ask any wife of a soldier that has come home about the nightmares, the screams in the dead of night, etc.
Have any of you ever noticed that the majority of returning vets will never talk about their experiences in wartime. There is a good reason. There are no happy memories.