Remembrance Day is around the corner and it’s time once again to listen to these people who in my opinion, have a little to much time on their hands, people who want to change the colour of poppies from Red to white. Their stance is that Red is representative of violence and war while white traditionally is a colour of peace. Well I can’t argue that white does in fact symbolize peace I also feel that they’re reasoning is more that just a little skewed.
I am for keeping the colour of the damned poppies as they are. Men and women have died for our country and what did they shed if not blood upon their deaths. Let’s remember that our freedoms came and continue to come at a price. Why is it a bad thing to remember that yes blood was shed and continues to be shed rather than a candy coated notion of peace wrapped in a white veil. – LEST WE FORGET – I am all for world peace – if it were an actual achievable goal. Although I don’t believe violence solves problems, unfortunately it is sometimes necessary to protect others who can’t protect themselves. For the overly religious sighting the 6th commandment “thou shall not commit murder”, let me say that murder is not the only form of violence although it can be an avoidable by product.
There is blood in history and the brave men and women should be honored with remembrance, and is a poppy just a poppy? Well, perhaps, until you’re lying among them.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields