Why I wear a Poppy on 11-​Nov

Canadian Veteran's PoppyIn a recent art­icle in the Independent, Robert Fisk writes that the poppy has become noth­ing more than a fash­ion state­ment in the UK. Merely a way to show that you are British, or to score points with the boss, or to make a polit­ic­al state­ment. He believes that wear­ing a poppy on 11-​Nov mocks our war dead. He says that he doesn’t wear the poppy because he is not ‘worthy’ of wear­ing it. This makes me deeply sad. I don’t think that this is true in Canada, and I know that this is not the case for me.

I have not lost any­one in my fam­ily to war. I am not pro-​military, but I under­stand why we must defend ourselves with leth­al force at times. I believe that every­one who chooses a career in the Forces makes a major sac­ri­fice for me and for every oth­er Canadian who does not serve, and I sup­port our troops in the work that they do. I believe that they are vital in ensur­ing that Canada can con­tin­ue to exist and provide peace­ful lead­er­ship in the world.

I wear a poppy on Remembrance Day because I care deeply about the people involved. I care about every­one killed in these great con­flicts, not just our cas­u­al­ties, but those against whom we fought, and the civil­ians whose lives were des­troyed because of these con­flicts. War is a waste. The vet­er­ans that I’ve met all want one thing: an end to war. So for me, the Poppy and Remembrance Day is about the people. It’s not about WHY we went to war. It’s not about the vera­city of the reas­ons cited by our lead­ers. It’s about the cour­age of those that serve. Those that put them­selves in harm’s way. It’s about remem­ber­ing the loss. It’s about remem­ber­ing the sense­less­ness of war. It’s about choos­ing peace before arms. It’s about end­ing war.

That’s why I wear the Poppy, and it’s why Robert Fisk can write the things he writes. Today, I Remember.

Author: Doug Nix

+DougNix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. (http://www.complianceinsight.ca) in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Managing Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog.

Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity.

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  • John

    Very nice Doug, wear your poppy proudly! Thanks to all who serve in the name of peace.

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