Saturday, 31 October 2015
Grumbling a Wee Bit
Nothing exciting happening these days. The halloween wagon is well under way. Shops full of rubbish that lasts for one night and few people understand the occasion and fewer still the reality of spirits. We turn this into a kids playground opening their minds to the occult and its many dangers. Much better what we had as kids,a party ducking for apples in basins of water and trying to eat treacle tarts hanging from the ceiling with hands tied behind our backs. I canny mind the other activities. Sad to see so many churches fail to understand the problem also.
The Poppy parade is however well under way. People today comprehend the need and are willing to pay and wear poppies. One or two things do annoy however. One is the demand that everyone wears them. The whole point of fighting for freedom is to ensure people can decide for themselves whether to wear them or not. TV companies are bad at this as those who appear MUST be seen to wear a poppy in case the TV company gets a bad name, that is not right!
Another point that annoys is the remembrance being turned into an event. Instead of remembering people are wearing fancy poppies that cost money, TV channels offer elaborate poppies for women to show off and some events are less for remembrance than for get togethers. This is fine for ex-servicemen meeting up but for too many the real reason is forgotten.
From what I have seen of the Legion members these days few participated in the Second World War but many were in Korea, the forgotten war, Malaya fighting Communist insurgents, and those 'end of empire' conflicts when nations became independent, sometimes peaceably. It is forgotten that British troops were in action somewhere in the world in every year since 1945 except 1958. There was always some problem somewhere. Today many ex-servicemen were involved in another forgotten conflict, one that most people today do not wish to remember - the Irish situation. Many were shot in the back, blown up and maltreated while attempting to separate at preserve a divided nation that did not wish, and some say still does not wish, to keep the peace. I sometimes feel we should be considering local memorials to those men who fell after 1945 and ensuring their names are not forgotten by being blended in with the armistice remembrance.
What do you mean I'm a grump? Try these then if you wish....
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