I have a beef with the Canadian legion.
As a veteran of World War II, Nov.11th is always one of the most important days of the year for my husband, Chesley. Yesterday’s Remembrance Day Service at the Huntsville Legion was one of the finest we have ever witnessed. The local high school band under the direction of Louis Tusz is always an integral part of the service, and they do us proud. Our local Legion and the Legion at large do many fine works within our country. They were wise enough to go along with the no smoking ban within their branches.
Why is it that they cannot likewise devise a method of designing their poppies so that they stay in place? All of us are familiar with buying a poppy - only to lose it within the next hour! I have used a small Canadian flag to keep mine in place, only to be told that is defacing the poppy. Now I use the small plastic holder that comes with the daffodil we get each year from the Canadian Cancer Society. Some use the back of an earring. Many people tell me the reason the system stays the same is so that we keep buying another poppy! Sorry guys, when I lose one, I no longer buy another. We wear our poppies with pride and hopefully some remembrance of why we are wearing them, but I for one would be much prouder if the Legion designed them so that they stay in place.
Two years ago I was sufficiently annoyed that I wrote a letter to the editor of the Legion Magazine. They chose not to print it! I am fairly certain the Forester will not be so narrow-minded!