A Word to our Politicians Today – Wearing a Poppy at a Council Meeting every Remembrance Day doesn’t cut it if you don’t behave as though you know what that poppy means!
A Brief One from Doug Draper
Posted June 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
It was 73 years ago today – June 6th, 1944 – that thousands of young Canadians, Americans and English soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in the greatest invasion of a heavily armed coastline ever launched.
During my years working for newspapers in this Niagara region, I had the opportunity to interview a number of veterans of that epic invasion for Remembrance Day stories. I was always amazed at how modest they were about doing something many of us who have had the fortune to never have had to fight in a war and would, therefore, find incomprehensible – rush up beaches against German machine guns that ripped so many of their comrades and friends to pieces.
There are only a few now left with a living memory of being there on that long, bloody and heroic day.
It was young Canadians, Brits, Americans, along with French partisans fighting behind enemy lines, who achieved victory that day – a day that marked the beginning of the end of one of the most destructive, genocidal regimes in human history. The unhinged, ignoramus and Vietnam War draft avoider now occupying the White House might try to take a nanosecond out of his all-consuming obsession with himself to remember that we were all close allies and friends once.
More than a few of our politicians right here in Niagara, Ontario might be reminded that tens of thousands of Canadians and their allies fought and died during that war so that all of us can participate in a free and open democracy without fear of being ignored, dismissed,, written off as a “special interest,” insulted and sued.
Wearing a token poppy to a council meeting once every Remembrance Day just doesn’t cut it. It is an insult to those who fought and died if you don’t behave as if you know what that poppy means.
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