A pointed exchange between an acquaintance and Green regarding the wearing of poppies leading up to and on Remembrance Day. Acquaintance argues it’s time for the tradition of wearing a poppy to respect the sacrifice of those who fought for Canada to be ended. Says the tradition is 70 years old, has little remaining relevance to younger generations or newcomers to Canada who don’t know much about and are taught less about Canada’s war-fighting history. Said ‘look around you. More people don’t wear poppies than do.’ Reminded him Canada has military veterans in their 20’s who fought in Afghanistan. Response was “they don’t count.” Really? As the son of a Dunkirk POW and former RCNR member, I suggested he might want to end his dissertation right about then.
It wouldn’t have been worth pursuing on air, except he was correct about a significant majority of people not wearing a poppy. Personal observation, as late as Friday more people not wearing a poppy than were. Are people increasingly dismissing the poppy as a symbol of remembrance?