A well thought out and eloquent post. I served in the military until my mid 30's and am appreciative of the work the RBL does in helping veterans deal with issues they deal with related to their military service. I've got many friends who were left to deal with their demons by our government and aftercare after discharging from the services is poor to non existent and without the services provided by the RBL and at least partially funded by poppy sales. However I can't help feel that the symbolism of the poppy has changed from "Lest we Forget" to "Don't you dare Forget" and that concerns me somewhat. More and more it's being used by the far right and not so far right to bash opponents with and has somehow evolved from a symbol of quiet reflection into one of hate, division and national pride. Because of this I'll continue to donate to the RBL but have my concerns about wearing the poppy.