Supporting the troops is increasingly used as a substitute for supporting unpopular wars, and the poppy appeal is part of that process.
David Cameron announced a "celebration" of World War I in front of a painting depicting stagnant pools of fetid water where many soldiers breathed their last. He has no sense of irony, says MP Jeremy Corbyn.
Heaven be thanked that the soldiers of the Great War cannot return today, says Robert Fisk, to discover how their sacrifice has been turned into a fashion appendage
The white poppy is about peace: lots of people think the red poppy is as well, but we cannot allow the politicians to use it to support militarism and war.
Is the only purpose of remembering the First World War to provide us with an inarticulate glow of national pride, as David Cameron seems to want?
Who should we remember in the centenary year of 2014? Richard Longstaff, researching the military records of his great uncle killed in 1918, says the victims were not only those killed or wounded in action.
German schoolchildren, unlike their British counterparts, will not be sent to visit battlefields and cemeteries, but will join collaboratory projects, such as an international gathering of children, to discuss the conflict.
BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman shares the concerns of the No Glory in War campaign, that the World War I centenary could become a celebration of war, if the prime minister has his way