IMHO the poppy is a symbol of the sacrifice made by soldiers in all conflicts old and new. Whilst I can understand the sentiments of this 'desert poppy', I feel it takes away the sacrifices made by soldiers in previous wars which is not what the poppy is about.
Couldn't agree more. At one of our local Remembrance Days the vicar asked us to remember the fallen in, specifically, WWI, WWII, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. I remonstrated with him afterwards asking him why he'd only mentioned the fallen in those actions and his reply, you won't believe, was, "Oh, were there more wars than that then?"!
i made a desert poppy with a green British camo leaf but when my mum saw it she said it was disrespectful and made me take it off which i think that is unfair because if we have a desert camo poppy you would you think of the troops in Afghanistan and how some of them have died i think it dose not matter what color so i am going to wear it
Desert coloured poppy's? It's a ludicrous idea and demeans the principle behind the poppy appeal. They are red because as was pointed out earlier the Poppy's that grew in Flanders were red. Strangely enough, i believe the poppy's are red in Afghanistan too...If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!