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Saturday, November 11th, 2006 — 3:51pm PST
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‘I remember when the “new” 10 dollar bill came out with the poem printed on it. Everyone (including myself) thought it had a typo: “In Flanders Field the poppies grow between the crosses row on row”. Although on the bill it says blow. What an outrage. Turns out – “we” were all wrong and the note was right. Blow. Go figure.’

Recently, a post on a local website got John and I talking. The author tells of white poppies that she’s worn on Remembrance day because she doesn’t want to ‘support war’.

“…I tend to get a tad sheepish walking by the Vets selling the red poppies. I bow my head and hurry by hoping they won’t notice me (similar to the way I scuttle by panhandlers when I can’t spare any change). Of course I regret all the death and sacrifices of war but I don’t support it, and I don’t buy that line about protecting my freedom, sorry.” [BeyondRobson]

Yipes. The comments in the string pretty much are along the same lines that John and I were following. Poppies are for Remembrance. I don’t believe I’m supporting a war and terrorism if I simply wear one to Remember the World wars [Cdn Legion] that were supposed to end all others. For a more sobering reflection on the day, try reading this.

I didn’t have family fighting for Canada. One side of my family was in Africa with the British, or back in London, killed in the Blitz. The other was watching all their friends and siblings get killed around them, in front of their faces, in their little Yugoslavian town.

I know this country’s history, bits and pieces of my family’s history and I certainly am aware of what’s going on in the world today. I don’t know how I’m expected to feel, I just know how I do. And if you don’t like the red poppy, just don’t wear one at all.

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  1. Jenny says:

    From the sounds of it that girl obviously has justified reasons for being opposed to war. However, she is mistakenly protesting against poppies, veterans and remembrance day. The whole purpose of the day is …’remembering’ .LEST WE FORGET. To not forget how horrible war is and how something like the world wars should never happen again. Which is exaclty the point both the author AND the veterans selling the poppies are making.

  2. Vince says:

    Thanks for posting the link to Matthew’s blog, I enjoyed the entry. But I have to say I don’t see much “remembering” in our ongoing, never-ending, hypocritical “other” wars.

  3. Jim Reilly says:

    I WAS HOPING TO GET THE WORDS AND MUCIC TO THE POEM

    “IN FLANDERS FIELD” I hEARD IT SUNG BY A GROUP OF CHILDREN
    AT A SCHOOL OUR LEGION COLOR PARTY VISITED for their Nov 11th
    ceremony.

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