Re­spect the poppy whether white or red, says writer

The Compass - - OPINION - – Greg Knott writes from St. John’s

Lead­ing up to Re­mem­brance Day, my so­cial me­dia was aflut­ter with im­ages and dis­cus­sions on the ap­pro­pri­ate shade of flora for our na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance.

I wear the red poppy for my fam­ily that have served and con­tinue to serve. I wear it for the fam­ily of my friends that have served and con­tinue to serve. I wear it for the strangers to me that have served and con­tinue to serve, and their fam­i­lies.

I don’t wear it for a po­lit­i­cal party, or to sup­port a for­eign pol­icy. I don’t wear it for a gov­ern­ment or a pre­mier or a prime min­is­ter, or any politi­cian. I don’t wear it in sup­port of any par­tic­u­lar war or con­flict.

I wear the red poppy and en­cour­age peo­ple to re­spect those that choose to wear the white, be­cause I be­lieve those who have served have helped cre­ate a coun­try where we can do so freely, and with­out fear of retri­bu­tion for our opin­ions.

I un­der­stand and re­spect peo­ple who choose to wear white. We all wear pop­pies, red or white, to sup­port the free­doms we have right now.

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