Monday, November 2, 2009
Poppy Time in Canada Again
The poppies are symbolic here because of their role in one of the most famous poems to emerge from the First World War, In Flanders Field.
And the poppies are doubly ironic these days, as the Canadians have lost 133 soldiers over the past eight years in Afghanistan, often in or near fields of poppies. The generation of Veterans from World War II is disappearing into time with those from the Korean War just behind them. With few battles in between, the war in Afghanistan, albeit involving a smaller group of soldiers here, will provide the next generation of poppy-pinners.