1) They had to choose a date for remembrance and the day that hostilities ended in the First World War is as good as any. The poppy itself represents the loss of all life in all conflicts. 2) So McClean is happy to remember lives lost in service of the Empire and Commonwealth but not lives lost by those who have died for other causes? Seems a bit strange. 3) Errr no. You wouldnt' happen to be straw-manning again would you? I'm saying that the victims of Bloody Sunday ought to be remembered like all victims of conflict. I'm certainly not saying that anyone should celebrate the men who, in your words, "murdered them and who put forward false accounts to justify their murders". How did you infer that? The poppy is not a political symbol. It is non-partisan.