In Flanders Field

 

Sir, - It is right that we should remember our fellow Irishmen who died in the first World War. The vast majority believed that we would be granted Home Rule when it was over.

However, I also believe that the men of 1916 and the War of Independence won for us the freedom we have today. Therefore, I could never wear a poppy, as it is a symbol of British imperialism. The Americans and the French have their own symbols to remember their fallen countrymen. Could we not have a small green laurel leaf to remember our dead?

It would be less controversial and something Irish nationalists could wear. - Yours, etc., Patrick O'Donnell Keenan,

Howth Road,

Blackbanks,

Dublin 5.