Friday, 20 October 2017

Jeremy Paxman: Why I wear a poppy

I WEAR a poppy out of respect for all those who had to do something I’ve never been asked to do.

I WEAR a poppy out of respect for all those who had to do something I’ve never been asked to do.

Military service is such in unusual thing in 21st century Britain that members of the forces have become a tribe apart. Having spent the last couple of years immersed in the First World War, the single most striking impression is the way in which soldiers, sailors and aircrew were — and no doubt still are — no different from the rest of us — just as brave or frightened as we should be.

They were ordinary people who had to do something extraordinary. The least we can do is to remember them and to help rehabilitate those who returned with damaged minds or bodies.

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