Posted on Sep 16, 2011 in Politics
UPDATE: This post was original written in 2011 but has been updated since then as the rumour as still circulating many years later.
There is a
new many year old rumour spreading like wildfire on Facebook, and it goes something like this.
I’ve just heard some really shocking news. The Royal British Legion are not selling poppies in certain areas on Nov 11 this year. This is because some minorities say that it will upset them. I say F – O**. The poppy is a symbol of reverence for our fallen heroes of all the wars the BRITISH military have fought in. BRITAIN STAND UP AND SAY ‘WE WANT THE POPPY SOLD EVERY WERE IN THE UK’. THIS IS OUR RIGHT TO REVERE OUR FALLEN!!!.
Obviously, this isn’t in the slightest bit true. There was a issue in 2011 with The Royal British Legion selling Poppies in Birmingham. This was because they didn’t get permission from the local council in time and had nothing to do with minorities being offended. This decision was reversed when Shelter and The Anthony Nolan Trust kindly allowed The Royal British Legion to the collect in their place.
“We have withdrawn the licence to fundraise in Birmingham on 12 November and have asked Birmingham City Council to allocate this date to the Royal British Legion,” a Anthony Nolan Trust spokesman said.
There are no reliable sources for this story or any stories about “minorities” being offended by the sale of poppies. Just like the England shirts are not going to be banned from story, some terrible person has created a rumour to stoke fear and hatred.
Thanks for alerting us to a message you’ve seen on Facebook, which states the poppy is not being offered in certain areas of the country.
This is untrue. We have always offered the poppy in every community in the UK and we will continue to do so.
We would like you to know that the Poppy is universally respected as the symbol of Remembrance and hope. It is offered to, and worn by, all communities in Britain. The money raised by the Poppy Appeal supports all members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.