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Editor's Viewpoint: Inclusive symbol

Published 12/11/2009

It is a measure of the problems that exist in our society when the poppy is seen as a symbol of division.

A man was forced to remove his poppy before he was allowed to enter a Belfast city centre pub.

Quite sensibly the pub chain - one of the province's largest - bans patrons from wearing obviously provocative outfits such as Celtic or Rangers tops.

But the poppy is merely a symbol to commemorate those from all political traditions or creeds who died in the service of their country. That is the most noble act that anyone could perform. The poppy should be worn with pride, and shame on those who cannot value it.

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