What's the Red Poppy? Well, the Red Poppy is familiar to most people. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War 1. The bright red colour is the symbol of all the blood spilt in the war. In Canada, all the provinces and territories consider Remembrance Day a public holiday except Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. The poppy is worn around Remembrance day. You probably see alot of volunteers around the stores with their cans and poppies. They are collecting money in exchange for a poppy. They are raising money for all of the old soldiers who are still alive. You may donate any money that you can afford.
Another way to look at Remembrance Day is to remember and have respect for all the men and women that have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace especially the first and second world wars, the Korean War and all the conflicts since then in which members of the Canadian Forces have participated in. These wars have touched the lives of Canadians of all ages, social classes and races. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters were all killed in action. They were wounded, and many of them also had to return home only to live with the long term physical and mental complications from war.
People often take our Canadian values and our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, for granted. The Canadians that did go off to war in far away lands, went in belief that the values and beliefs that Canadians enjoyed having were being threatened. Just think about this.
So, on Remembrance Day just remember that we are remembering their service and sacrifice we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believed their actions in the present would make a significant difference in the future but it's all up to us to make sure their dream of peace is realized. We need to acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of all these people who served their country and acknowledge that it was never an easy task. We need to be responsible and also work for the peace that they fought so hard to achieve.