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The Independent Online

This year's Remembrance Day has a particular pathos because British troops are engaged in action in Iraq. We began wearing poppies to commemorate our soldiers who fell during the First World War. But it is a now a sign of respect for all Britain's servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty.

This year's Remembrance Day has a particular pathos because British troops are engaged in action in Iraq. We began wearing poppies to commemorate our soldiers who fell during the First World War. But it is a now a sign of respect for all Britain's servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty.

In our democracy, the military does not decide whether to go to war or not - they serve regardless of whether they believe that decision to be right or wrong. So at a time when our soldiers are fighting what many, including this newspaper, consider to be an unjustified war, wearing a poppy in solidarity with our armed forces is perhaps more important than ever.

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