Have Your Say: Only one time to remember
THE headline "Grow Up" (Post, Oct 1) sums up the feelings of most servicemen, particularly the rapidly diminishing remainder of the 1939/1945 heroic veterans of the Second World War.
Knowing the history of the First World War, in which my dear late father served, his feelings were one of great relief having managed to survive the atrocious trench conditions mainly in the Somme but also other notorious locations like Passchendaele.
He, and I'm sure most of his comrades who survived, would hardly be happy to celebrate the August 1914 commencement of the so called "War to end all Wars".
The time to remember with great sadness, the fallen, and with relief the survivors, is November 11 1918.
From this date the badly wounded and infirmed, attempted to re-build their shattered lives.
To celebrate this momentous date the Flanders Poppy was adopted as a symbol of survival and sacrifice appointed to become a lasting reminder of the fruitless pursuits of war.
So before the council's full compliment of elected representatives waste any more valuable time and resource, if they can find poppies that can flower in November, then let's do what we have done over the years since the 1914/18 war, provide poppies for the occasion that is celebrated every year on the 11th day of the 11th month.
R O Nicholls