I posted a couple of years back already about not being able to find a poppy to buy for Remembrance, even though only days from November 11th. This year I find myself annoyed at the creep of ‘marked dates’. Yes this year is rather memorable given the W.W I associations but …
Whilst there is no official sanctioned start date to the commemorative season I have noticed the last few years the same earlier and earlier start date, as with Xmas. Personally I think that is wrong-headed. Christmas these days has become little more for most than an excuse to engage in profiteering? Capitalism at its worst. Start date the end of August!
Politicians are especially to blame for poppy inflation in my opinion. Who will be seen to be the first to start wearing a poppy? Surely that means they are more caring souls than those [the vast majority] that do not choose to wear a poppy at all?
Wrong-headed? Yes. Keeping the act of Remembrance to after Halloween seems to have some kind of logic [and dignity?] and a more concentrated act of observance is actually more visible rather than less. Otherwise why not simply wear your poppy all year round as a fashion statement.