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Rumour mongers at it again: "I've just heard some really shocking news..."

With the approach of the nation's annual period of Remembrance, allegations are again doing the rounds on social networking sites that the Royal British Legion is not selling poppies in certain areas "because it would offend minorities".

An online petition invites the public to support a proposal for the dropping of poppy petals from an aircraft over London on Armistice Day.

The alleged RBL policy is a racially-motivated myth.

Nor have we seen anything to suggest that the petal-dropping was ever a genuine proposal, with the necessary clearance applied for and obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Are the so-called minority areas to be "bombed" with poppy petals and, if so, in what way exactly would that honour our British and Empire dead?

The latest posts and emails contain exactly the same phrase which appeared a year ago:

See also

The Annual Poppy Appeal

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