Thursday, November 11, 2010

The act of remembrance and the wearing of a poppy is a very small price to pay

The poppy is a simple, but powerful symbol of remembrance, we do not diminish anyone by wearing it, least of all the veterans. Diminishing the debt we owe our predecessors would be accomplished by resigning ourselves to the notion that we cannot comprehend what happened.

We undermine the notion of Remembrance Day by lack of reflection, not flippantly wearing, or not wearing, a poppy.Focusing on the future is done by reflecting on the past. Wearing the poppy symbolises that one, at the very least, acknowledges the past. A poppy has never been a substitute for action - no symbol ever is - but we must be sure that what the poppy symbolises is not lost on those who seek to build upon our freedoms.

So I will be wearing my poppy this November. Out of pride? No. Out of respect and gratitude? Yes. Why? Because the act of remembrance and the wearing of a poppy is a very small price to pay

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