Leading up to Remembrance Day, social media has been 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 members who have served and continue to serve. I wear it for the family of my friends who have served and continue to serve. I wear it for the strangers who have served and continue to serve, and their families.
I don‚Äôt wear it for a political party or to support a foreign policy.
I don‚Äôt wear it for a government or
a premier or a prime minister, or any politician.
I don‚Äôt wear it in support of any particular war or conflict.
I wear the red poppy and encourage people to respect those who choose to wear the white, because I believe that 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.