White - for Peace.
Purple - for animals killed in war, but now in experiments too.
Black - for the efforts of Black, African and Caribbean soldiers.
and Khadi - for those soldiers of Asia.
… poppies, there will now be a rainbow one. For the LGBTQ community. Personally, I always thought the red one sufficed for everyone but each to his own. Full disclosure, I think these new fangled 'cap badge jewelry' ones look daft. Paper has sufficed so far, I see no reason it wont in the future.
But it was this that got my attention the most. Peter Tatchell.
Mr Tatchell told Yahoo News UK: “On Remembrance Sunday it is quite right that we honour all those who fought for freedom against the Nazis and other tyrannies, including black and LGBT+ military personnel.
“An estimated 200,000 LGBT+ soldiers, sailors and served during the Second World War in the fight against German and Japanese fascism.
“For decades the Royal British Legion refused to acknowledge that any LGBT+ people risked and gave their lives to defend democracy.
"Wreaths in their memory were removed and vandalised. LGBT+ veterans were refused permission to march in the Remembrance Day parade.
“On Remembrance Sunday, I will be joining a gay veteran to lay a pink triangle poppy wreath at the Cenotaph. Like thousands of others, he was jailed and booted out of the armed forces for no other reason than his sexuality.
“The military has a shameful record of homophobic witch-hunts and should make a public apology to the personnel they mistreated.“
I don't recall the RBL ever not acknowledging people who risked and gave their lives to defend democracy. Shamefully wreaths (even memorials) have been removed and vandalised in many towns, not to mention them being used for toilets. Have any veterans been refused permission to march? As in officially, not because they turned up on the day with no notice or something.
I've seen lads rock up at a remembrance day and be allowed to march with nothing more than a blazer, beret and a couple of medals, no questions asked. So I don't get why folk would be turned away.
Anyone cast any light on this?