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Remembrance Day 2018

It's 11th of November, and the 100 year Anniversary of the end of Word War 1.

The tradition here in the UK is to wear poppies and lay wreathes of the flower on various memorials dotted around the country, as a way of paying respects to soldiers who gave their lives during both World Wars in particular and and solider who has lost their life in service in general.

It's a sombre cultural event, and is usually about the tragedy of war and the importance of keeping peace. Paper poppy sales go on to fund veteran charities and such. Last year I "converted" two Games Workshop Models, stripping them of weapons in place of being flower holders.

To this day they stand in the front of my classroom, holding their poppies up. It's important for those of us who push around plastic soldiers and entertain ourselves with stories of war and combat to remember that our table top fantasy is built on a foundation of utter catastrophe.

These models are a reminder that the opportunity for us to engage in make-believe combat is bought at the expense of others suffering. That's not to say we shouldn't enjoy the military role play, but that we should put both respect and credit to where it is due.

Either way, spare a few minutes of your day to think about the poor soldier out there right now, risking his or her life. Regardless of your stance on war, they deserve at least some sympathy from us arm chair generals.

A lot of them don't have the luxury of a 5+ Feel no Pain.

Until next time!

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  1. We have the same custom here in Canada. It stems from the poem "In Flanders Fields".

    I really like those tribute figures. I believe I shall do the same.


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