Churchill: Lest we forget 2019

OPINION

Kris Churchill
Columnist, The Avro Post

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During the first couple of weeks in November, something truly stoic happens. As a country, we come together to pay our respects to the brave men and women of the Canadian Army. Something that is rightfully due for the lives taking in service to our great nation.

For the past few years, we have seen many attempts to challenge what the red poppy is meant to represent. One thing to keep in mind is that the white poppy is not to be in conflict with its counter part, the red poppy, which represented the memory of those who we lost.

The white poppy first made its appearance in England, worn by the women of the Women’s Cooperative Group back in the 1930s. A new alliance named The Peace Pledge Union adopted the white poppy and used it to represent the complete abrogation of war entirely.

Upwards of 80,000 of them were distributed at an alternative memorial day service held at London’s Regent’s park in 1938.

We now start to delve into the controversy we find ourselves in today.

There seems to be an increase in mis-representation of what the poppy was then, and now, meant to stand for. It is meant to pay respects to those that have fallen in the line of duty and to those willing to put their foot forward to defend those that can’t defend themselves.

There has been a new trend that is circulating the web, which too is a poppy. However, it is a poppy that for one doesn’t actually seem to exist–at least in large number and in circulation – the rainbow poppy. Which from my understanding is to represent the LGBTQ members of the military.

While the sentiment was not meant to incite an uproar, it has done just that. Being a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I see what the message was intended to be. With this in mind, the red poppy never discriminated against the LGBTQ members of the military; it is simply saying if you served you will get the respect due.

The only thing left to say to all those that fought and died for us, and are fighting for us today is thank you for your sacrifice.

We will never forget.

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