Mark Rylance - Mark Rylance Calls For Remembrance Day Poppy Change

British actor Mark Rylance has called for red poppies to be replaced with white flowers as a symbol of peace for Remembrance Day.

The scarlet blooms have been used since 1920 in Commonwealth countries to commemorate members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, but Rylance wants to see the colour changed to acknowledge the civilians also killed during conflict.

He tells BBC Radio 4, "The safest place to be on a battlefield was in the military. I felt therefore that remembrance only of the military dead and wounded was not very accurate.

"I think it's a slightly different thing if you sign up to go out and fight in one of these wars and you know that 90 per cent of the people who are going to suffer will be civilian people who have not signed up to the war.

"So it is a slightly different thing if you have agreed to be part of it than if you are just a bystander or a child or people at a wedding who get hurt."

Remembrance Day has been observed in Commonwealth countries around the world since the end of the First World War and is held on 11 November to reflect the end of hostilities in 1918.


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