Ant Middleton believes that people who don’t wear poppies for Remembrance Day are ‘disrespectful’.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Wednesday’s This Morning, the SAS Who Dares Wins star, who is also a former British soldier, shared his views on why wearing a poppy is so important.
‘I think it’s disrespectful for people that don’t wear the poppy,’ he began.
‘This is our tradition, this is our heritage, for me it’s not a political stance, it is part of British history.
‘When I wear the poppy, it represents someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of this country, so it should be worn with honour and pride.’
War veteran, John Nichol who also appeared via video link, disagreed with Ant and said he wasn’t offended by people who chose not to wear a poppy.
‘My sacrifice is minimal,’ he told the hosts.
‘I don’t say that lightly, yes it was unpleasant, yes I was tortured, yes I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, but some of my mates didn’t come home.
‘For me, that’s something I personally want to mark. But if people don’t want to mark it, I am fine by that. I don’t mind people not wearing a poppy, not marking Remembrance Day.’
‘You’ve got the freedom to do that, and I am totally happy with the fact you don’t want to do it, I do and I celebrate the fact other people do,’ he added.
Why do we wear poppies on Remembrance Day?
The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War.
Poppies were a common sight, especially on the Western Front.
Artificial poppies were first sold in Britain in 1921 to raise money for the Earl Haig Fund in support of ex-servicemen and the families of those who had died in the conflict.
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