Why I re­mem­ber and wear a poppy

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Corowa RSL Sub-Branch will be con­duct­ing a poppy ap­peal in the main street of Corowa, out­side Wool­worths and in front of IGA, on Novem­ber 8 and 9.

One hun­dred per cent of the pro­ceeds will sup­port cur­rent and for­mer vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies in time of need.

This year rep­re­sents the cen­te­nary, 100 years since the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties to end the first world war – the war to end all wars.

The poppy re­flects the poem ‘In Flan­ders Field’, writ­ten by Cana­dian Physi­cian Lt. Col. John McCrea on May 3, 1915.

The poppy was one of the first flow­ers to bloom on the dev­as­tated bat­tle­fields of Flan­ders and since 1921 they have been used is re­mem­brance of those who fell dur­ing times of war.

The poppy ap­peal holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of all Aus­tralians. This is re­flected by an ar­ti­cle, writ­ten by a young woman, ti­tled ‘An Aussie Abroad’.

“In Aus­tralia, the 11th of Novem­ber is used as a day of re­mem­brance and con­tem­pla­tion. We ob­serve a minute’s si­lence at 11am, in mem­ory of that day back in 1918 when the guns fell silent,” the ar­ti­cle reads.

“We re­mem­ber those who have fought for not only our coun­try, but for the free­dom of oth­ers and for those who paid the ul­ti­mate price and sac­ri­fice.

“I wear a poppy to re­mem­ber all those men and women who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and ei­ther dies or lost loved ones on for­eign and na­tive soil, fight­ing for free­dom for all.

“I wear one to re­mem­ber the moth­ers whose sons would never re­turn, the women whose hus­bands or beaus left them alone, never to re­turn again and the chil­dren who never grew up with both par­ents, only hav­ing a pic­ture on the wall to re­mind them of who had been lost.

“I wear a poppy be­cause of the mood and blood, screams and cries, smoke and gas that changed the face of the earth and for­ever change those who ex­pe­ri­enced it and sur­vived.

“I wear one to ac­knowl­edge, re­mem­ber and thank all those men and women who have served their coun­try, who have done it not for glory or ad­mi­ra­tion but be­cause they thought it right and just.

“I wear one to sa­lute those who have re­turned with dam­aged bod­ies or minds, who will never be able to leave the fields of war, even if they spend the rest of their lives liv­ing in a place of peace.

“I wear one to re­mem­ber, be­cause those who fought his­tory are doomed to re­peat it. I wear one be­cause it seems even more im­por­tant to do so with the state the world is in at the mo­ment.

“I wear one be­cause for me it is im­pos­si­ble not to.”

As a range of vet­er­ans, young and old, are find­ing them­selves and their fam­i­lies in dire need of as­sis­tance, both phys­i­cal and men­tal, it is im­por­tant to raise as much money as pos­si­ble from the poppy ap­peal to as­sist them in their time of need.

This Novem­ber, wear a poppy with pride and say ‘thank you’ for our ded­i­cated ser­vice men and women, past and present. In an­tic­i­pa­tion, the Corowa RSL Sub-Branch thanks the won­der­ful com­mu­nity for their gra­cious con­tri­bu­tions.

Corowa RSL Sub-Branch mem­bers are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals, and Aus­tralians, to buy and wear a poppy this week­end.

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