Why is that we have to make things so difficult. Sometimes the answer is simple, and the solution stares you in the face. Yet for many in our society the obvious is too easy and they would rather debate and bludgeon us with theory. The poppy is now being debated. Should we wear one or not? Does it glorify war? Should we wear a white poppy which denotes peace? I guess we’ve solved all the world’s problem that it’s time now to debate the poppy.
I just read a story where FIFA, the world governing soccer body, is prohibiting the English National soccer team from wearing an embroidered poppy on their team jersey. Here’s the official statement that FIFA made, “We regret to inform you (English Football Association) that accepting such initiatives would open the door to similar initiatives from all over the world, jeopardizing the neutrality of football. Therefore, we confirm herewith that the suggested embroidery on the match shirt cannot be authorized”. The English National Team has decided to wear black armbands instead for their match against Spain this weekend.
I can’t help but wonder about those brave men who served and fought for Canada during the World War’s. When they were ordered to storm a beach, knowing they probably would never go home, did they think for a moment that their sacrifice would be cast aside and viewed as simple footnote. What about the Canadian men and women who served in Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq? They were ordered to fight in a country they probably knew little about. All in the name of democracy and yet some people they were fighting for wanted them out of their country. Did these brave men and woman ever think that a simple gesture like wearing a poppy would be questioned and debated by those who believe it to be nothing more than the glorification of war? God, I hope not. I hope they understand that the vast majority of Canadians are forever thankful. The life we lead today is a direct result of the sacrifices made by our armed forces. Even the politically correct can’t dispute that.
Lest We Forget