I object to the idea that a poppy is for the dead of a war that finished 87 years ago. Watching the BBC coverage of the Cenotaph parade there was too much emphasis on the dead of long past wars and too many old men. They seemed to ignore the war dead of last year, even last month. The poppy is not only for the British dead of a war that finished 87 years ago. Today I wore a poppy for; Sgt Chris Hickey, of 1 Bn the Coldstream Guards, died three weeks ago in a roadside bomb attack near Basra. Capt. Phillip Mann, QDG killed in Oman 30 years ago. Hundreds, even thousands, since 1945. I honestly have no idea how many. Stretching the point - The crew of the Penlee lifeboat who died on service in 1981. Not armed forces but "in service". Can someone remind Joe Public that; Remembrance Day refers to all soldiers (and sailors etc.) who died between 1914 and yesterday. Now who did you wear a poppy for ? And many , many others.