non-remembrance sunday

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Jun. 27th, 2010 | 10:18 am
music: Autechre / "iris was a pupil"

Apparently it is Armed Forces Day today (conveniently enough on the same day as England vs Germany, though I am not quite cynical enough to suspect that this was planned). This used to be "Veteran's Day", and that was only started in 2006 by Gordon Brown in a pretty nakedly political fashion; previously we just had Remembrance Sunday, which I suppose must have reached its maximum level of political capitalisation, and always has that nasty negative "people being stupidly horribly killed" subtext to it which is so inconvenient when trying to promote a war. Now "Veteran's Day" isn't even about veterans, it's simply "Yay Military! Day".

I'll pass thanks.

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