Remembrance Day is the UK equivalent of America’s Veteran’s Day. Wikipedia: “Also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a Commonwealth holiday (observed in all Commonwealth countries except Mozambique) to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.” In the UK, a member of the Royal Family lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial, followed by two minutes of silence. The entire country comes to a stop out of respect for the men, women and children who sacrificed their lives for freedom. A now, according to the Daily Mail, the day comes with added political correctness . . .
Army cadets have been left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after being banned from carrying rifles on a Remembrance Day parade – amid fears the weapons might ‘upset’ onlookers . . .
Devon Cadet Executive Officer Major David Waterworth put an end to the tradition after he ruled that carrying weapons was ‘not good for the image’ of cadets, who can join between the ages of 12 and 18.
He said: ‘There is no need for children to appear in public with weapons. It does upset some members of the public. There is no need for it. It doesn’t reflect our aims and ethos in the Army Cadet Force. We are not soldiers. People say it’s traditional at Remembrance parades, but there is no need to carry a weapon to remember the dead.
”I stopped it as soon as I heard they were doing it. It’s not good for our image to have children carrying weapons in public. We are not members of the Armed Forces – we are a youth movement sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.’
He added that a ruling against children carrying rifles had been in place for ten years, but had not been enforced until now.
For better or worse, this is what happens when a country stamps-out its gun culture.