Never Forget – Why We Wear the Poppy

Depending on when you started following, this post may be new to you, or you may remember it from last year. In either case, since I cannot express my feelings about this day any better than I did last year, I decided not to try. Please have a look:

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The armistice that ended battlefield hostilities during World War I started at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. Here in Canada wearing a Red Poppy on the left lapel, the one closest to the heart, is a tradition we use to mark this event.

Poppy on lapel

Though now a full century after the beginning of the Great War, government and financial institutions are the only ones to actually take the day off, November 11th is still a National Holiday here called Remembrance Day.

In the United States November 11th is also celebrated as Veteran’s Day.

Now you can talk to me about the pointlessness of war. How violence is not the answer. Or how it is wrong for well-off, well-fed, middle-aged (mostly) white men to send our youth off to fight their battles for them; and on 364 days of the year I’ll probably agree with a lot of what you have to say.

But just…

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World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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5 Responses to Never Forget – Why We Wear the Poppy

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  2. Aimer Boyz says:

    Thank you for this post. I haven’t read the poem in years. It still tugs at the heart.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this again, Norm. Even if one is against war, the right to be free enough to speak up against war or any other perceived wrong is won and kept by those who fight and those who fight and die for that precious freedom.

    We visited Normandy and Omaha (and the other) beaches a few years ago. What an incredible experience that was! Today in the US, we honor our living veterans, although often both living and dead are honored. Nothing wrong with that, but Memorial Day is the day designated here for those who lives were given in service to their country. No matter, it is an honor we must always bestow lest we forget the cost of freedom.


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