Once again another Remembrance Day has passed. We all gathered to pay our respects and remember those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today.
I have no doubt there was the same outstanding presence of all the cadet organizations as there always has been in past years.
What I missed seeing this year, was a "presence" of cadets selling poppies. I realize many of the poppy boxes are now inside; and I salute those businesses for supporting the poppy fund. It could be the cadets were somewhere else other than the two malls I frequent.
The cadets have frequently attended the malls where I shop on other occasions, therefore I doubt it's an issue of having permission to be there.
Whatever the reason, as a vet myself, I'm only voicing my disappointment at not seeing the poppies being sold by the cadets. The wartime veterans used to be out in full force with their poppy boxes, proud and smartly turned out, but now their ranks are thinning and there are fewer of them every year.
I believe there is more meaning and import to buying a poppy from someone in uniform, young or old; whether they represent the past or the future.
D. Weston, CD Mcpl Ret'd Richmond
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