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It’s all about respect.

We are just a few days away from Remembrance Day here in Canada, and in other Commonwealth Nations.

 

It is a somber day, set aside to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by military members past and present, to protect the freedoms we take for granted.

It is no secret that I am a ‘military spouse’.  The man in my life is a serving member of the Canadian Navy.  I am proud to stand beside my man in uniform.

 

Over the past few days I have heard a few things in relation to Remembrance Day that have really made me angry.

 

First of all, there is the group of university student who are taking the idea of the red poppy that we all wear in remembrance, and attempting to manipulate it and change it’s meaning, by changing it’s colour. They “don’t care” what Veterans think of their white “peace poppy”, and will be attending Remembrance Day services to distribute spread their message.  I do not disagree with spreading a message of peace, but perhaps their efforts would be better used by bringing attention to the International Day of Peace that is celebrated annually, rather than disrespecting a national holiday of remembrance.

The other thing I heard today was a DJ on the local radio station saying that he doesn’t wear a poppy because he doesn’t like putting holes in his clothing.   Yes, you read that right, he doesn’t want o wear a poppy because it will put holes in his clothing. To him, a few pieces of (replaceable) clothing are more important than showing respect for the thousands of (irreplaceable)  men & women who have died for the country he calls home, as well as those who have sustained permanent injuries fighting for our freedom.

 

All I really have to say on this matter is this:

 

If you do not stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

 

 

 

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