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Militarising Remembrance

Remembrance is misused to promote the armed forces

After World War One, regular ceremonies and other events were organised to remember those who had died. They frequently used the phrase never again

Now, Remembrance is misused to promote the armed forces rather than to recognise the horrors of war and learn from the past.

The Royal British Legion, who produce red poppies, say that only members of UK and allied armed forces should be commemorated on Remembrance Sunday, not civilian victims of war or those of other nationalities. 

In contrast, the Peace Pledge Union calls for a return to the message of never again. We produce white poppies, which represent remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a rejection of militarism. 

Read more about Remembrance and the need to link it with peace, not militarism.