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25 September 2009


Mayors and morals - preview
Before being elected as a local councillor in 2007 I had never attended a Remembrance Day parade
  • I felt strongly in the 1980s that the ceremonies were used by the government then to whip up cold war paranoia and to weaken the peace movement
  • One year I made and distributed large numbers of red poppies with the words ‘Remembrance is not enough’ printed on them

  • I faced a dilemma in November 2007
  • I could have just stayed away, but as an elected representative of the community I decided I should attend and find out first hand what it felt like
  • I chose to wear a white poppy alongside the red one
  • I found the whole occasion very moving, much more so than I had expected
  • I live near an RAF base and the reality of involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is very close to many people’s lives

  • Robin Waterston

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