Interesting story, Tommy.
However I think he might agree the symbolism, and its sentiments these days, tend be very successful in bringing to the fore, the plight of those who DO require our thanks, and support.
He was right - of course - as your father was - back then. However The Poppy has since raised and done MORE THAN ANY OTHER
the profile of servicemen & women, and their families.
I for one wear it with great pride, each year (though not this year, strangely enough!) - not so much because of its morbidity - but for what it means to the MAJORITY of the population. It is a symbol of HOPE, as much as anything, these days - hope that we do NOT forget those who pay the ULTIMATE price for us - but also that we DO NOT FORGET THE 'Old Casey's' of this world, EVER again.
More importantly, even if it gets an additional 1p in the 'kitty' - its done its job