Respect the poppy whether white or red, says writer
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.