Buy a poppy in remembrance

Let us go back first of all to the years 1914 and 1918 when Canada was engaged in its first world war.

  • Nov. 11, 2012 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 6, 1952

Letter to the Editor: Buy a poppy in remembrance

Dear Sir: In a very few days the citizens of the Arrow Lakes will once more be asked to remember the dead of two world wars. By wearing a poppy and where possible in places of business, churches and schools and in the windows of homes and on the cars.

I know that in the minds of some people, the annual poppy campaign is placed in the same category as other charitable appeals, and the question is often asked, why should not the poppy fund, which is a campaign, be part of the community chest, which are many campaigns. I would indeed be grateful, Mr. Editor, for the further space necessary to answer this question.

Let us go back first of all to the years 1914 and 1918 when Canada was engaged in its first world war. There are names that I would like to bring to your memory out of that conflict. Do you remember Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Saint Julien, the Somme? In World War Two we have Ortona, Falaise, Dieppe; any significance? Or have these names already faded from the consciousness of all but a few to whom they have a very personal meaning? If these names mean anything to you, then the poppy fund will be for you much more than just another charity drive!

The poppy campaign is two-fold in its purpose and the most important of these is the Legion’s self-imposed duty of ensuring that every Canadian wears a poppy, or displays a wreath on Remembrance Day, thereby participating in the act of remembrance and helping to call to the mind of every citizen the thought that the price of our freedom is sacrifice.

The struggle is still going on. Now [names] like Seoul and Pyongagang are being associated with our service men. Canadian men, [our] indomitable and courage, are still shedding their blood and giving their lives on foreign battle fields for one purpose alone.

For no matter how clouded the side issue might be, there can be no doubt that the only reason for making sacrifices of this magnitude is the preservation of the kind of freedom we enjoy in this country…

The blood red poppy of Flanders is immortalized as an emblem of sacrifice and remembrance for the honouring of the thousands who died in foreign lands, laying down their lives for those things which we as Canadians cherish. It speaks to us of sacrifice. It calls upon us to remember not only those who still suffer from honourable wounds and disabilities, it challenges us to serve in peace as in war: to help those who need our help, to protect those who need our protecting.

In purchasing your poppy we ask you to do so in that spirit.

Thanking you, Mr. Editor, for granting me this space in your paper. Very sincerely, E.F. Edgington


Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Doukhobor Heritage Society seeks zoning change for water plant

Questions remain on how taking 500,000 litres a day from aquifer would affect local water supply

Judgment reserved in Nakusp school sex trial

Trial concluded today with lawyer’s summations

Former teacher acquitted on two of four sex charges

Judge found no evidence to support sexual assault charges against Shanny McIvor

New Denver emergency ward to remain 24/7

Interior Health says it’s postponing changes to operating hours.

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Dryer incident at Teck Elkview Operations

Locals report hearing loud bang

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Most Read