FMN 'UNFORGET 365' GOLDEN POPPY MEDAL (28mm x 15.5mm)
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DID YOU KNOW THAT MORE THAN FIVE MILLION SOLDIERS OF BLACK ETHNIC MINORITY (BME) ETHNICITY SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR BRITAIN IN THE VARIOUS CONFLICTS OF BOTH WORLD WARS 1 AND 2?
...Didn't think so. But don't be too hard on yourself; there's good reason why most don't...
'Un'= a verb; to revert (as in 'un-tie')
'Forget'= verb; to fail to remember... to put out of one's mind...
365= a common numerical value meaning 'every (calendar) day' of the year
'Unforgetting' is distinctly different to remembering; remembering is the conscious effort not to forget (before/prior to forgetting). Unforgetting is both an honest admission to having forgotten, and a conscious resolve to actively remember (going forward).
There has been a real and intended agenda to hide the historical contributions of people of colour for Britain in the World Wars. The truth is that necessity alone warranted the 'Mother Country' to reluctantly accept the help of its colonial subjects and every effort has been made since to erase this sacrifice from history's pages.
The BBC comments on Britain's colonies in West Africa, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ghana during World War 2, stating: 'Although Churchill lifted the colour bar, he sent telegrams to every Embassy and High Commission, telling them to find 'administrative means' to reject black volunteers. In the US, black pilots and doctors who had offered to volunteer were refused, as a result of this instruction...Generally, it was not thought appropriate for Africans or people of African descent [Britain's allies] to kill whites [Britain's mortal enemies] but this view didn't apply to Indians...'
The above serves to demonstrate the sentiment of the time, particularly of Britain towards those who were offering themselves sacrificially for service of 'King and country'. The present-day lack of readily available information celebrating their efforts indicates the longevity of such sentiment.
The 'Unforget 365' Yellow-Golden Poppy Memorial Medallion is a statement piece, powerfully -yet silently- declaring "I choose to remember that which History's authors have led me to forget!"
It peacefully protests the blatant and intentional erasing of literal MILLIONS from the history of British World Conflict.
Intended to be worn 365 days a year as a perpetual memorial, the 'UNFORGET 365' Medallion defiantly declares the wearer's purposeful intention to remember the contributions of people of colour to the British war efforts of the two Great wars and subsequent conflicts, for Monarch and Country, ever since.
Differing from the nationally patriotic FMN poppy/flag combo medallions, the Unforget 365 Medal is not limited to the military contribution of a particular ally country; but rather, a memorial and homage to EVERY soldier of EVERY ethnic origin who has and who does serve sacrificially in military conflict to defend British values and the freedoms we civilians enjoy. Lest WE forget!
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