November 11, 2015

On Remembrance Day, new age peaceniks wear ignorance like a badge of honour

David MenziesMission Specialist

Sometimes on Remembrance Day, we celebrate the war dead and sometimes we honour them but increasingly, these days, those of us who appreciate them, find ourselves having to defend them.

Thanks to an increasing number of cultural relativists and historical revisionists this day is becoming yet another traditional holiday that is being distorted thus we risk forgetting its true meaning.

I don't mince words in expressing my feelings about this assault on truth and the good men of the greatest generation.

As for the white poppy, white is the colour of surrender -- something we should all be grateful that these men never considered doing.


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commented 2015-11-12 14:50:36 -0500
“Andrew did you get as offended when the HRC prosecuted Ezra for 900 days for exercising his rights? "

Not really relevant. He was free to say what he did, but freedom of speech is not the same thing as being absolved of responsibility if you say something offensive. If the “white poppy” movement offends you, there are ways to express that displeasure and it is fully in your rights to counter-protest or even file an HRC complaint if you wish. Turning to vigilantism and roughing up dissenters is well beyond those limits of acceptability.
commented 2015-11-12 14:34:20 -0500
I will always honour the soldiers. Not all conflict is good, but sometimes it has to be done. The left view is that all parties are engaged with each other only due to misunderstandings that needs to be brokered. Sometimes that is the case and has been the case in the past. But the 20th and 21st century sees many circumstances where we are dealing with truly rogue nations who will not be brokered with. In true freedom loving nations of the world, what we saw after WWII was exactly what we needed. In contrast to the “industrial military complex” view of things, the US, Canada and the UK broke down their militaries right after WWII, cutting that spending drastically.
commented 2015-11-12 13:51:50 -0500
The best way to deal with the white flower crowd is to give them, or better yet, read to them a copy of “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. Maybe then they will gain an understanding of the significance of the poppy(which is red). Probably not, but it’s worth a try.
commented 2015-11-12 11:29:14 -0500
Oops! I meant “white” poppy! I wish we could edit after the fact.
commented 2015-11-12 11:28:26 -0500
Anyone wearing a while poppy has already surrendered their brains to cowardice!
commented 2015-11-12 11:13:39 -0500
Sean, maybe you elitists should sign up with the armed forces and discover how willing you would be to political correctness. Of course you won’t, just lounge in the luxury afforded to you by the sacrifice of people with integrity. What a coward!
commented 2015-11-12 06:55:58 -0500
Traditions come and go. The white poppy means a lot more to people nowadays, especially with the many I saw here in Vancouver these past few days. To many, the red poppy symbolised militarism and triumphalism and imperialism, which is terribly out of fashion with the elite mindset. Therefore, I take no offence to the white poppy; just respect for the courage of the wearer to be bold and brave enough to wear it. We are in a new era, and era of political correctness. I find that this is an issue that is not worth fighting, and move on.
commented 2015-11-12 04:29:46 -0500
Jay… Thanks for sharing your tribute to Canada’s war dead on Remembrance Day… It speaks volumes for this nation’s future…
commented 2015-11-12 02:53:46 -0500
David Menzies was so embarassed by his poor choice of hair dye that he went into a polling place in a long black dress with cloth covering his face.
I kid you not.
commented 2015-11-12 02:06:01 -0500
Keith, your Nam version of “it is the soldier (veteran)” is better than the other versions simply by that last line… Thanks for repeating it here, today. However, I believe that it is an indictable offence to burn a flag. That’s when they should send in the soldiers the the protester’s home.
commented 2015-11-12 01:45:31 -0500
Andrew did you get as offended when the HRC prosecuted Ezra for 900 days for exercising his rights?
commented 2015-11-12 01:44:06 -0500
Andrew the left uses force and the law to revoke it.
commented 2015-11-12 01:06:52 -0500
“Dissing vets or their sacrifices for our freedoms is a sure way to get your eyes blackened in my neighborhood. Virtually every family here has lost someone in the wars to stop dictators. "

And by “blackening the eyes” of those who dare dissent, you become one of those you purport to oppose. How many died to protect our freedom of speech, and now you use violence to revoke it?
commented 2015-11-11 21:11:41 -0500
My father was a CPO in the navy during the second world war. He never talked about his experiences during the war other than to say there was some very scary moments. It wasn’t until after he passed away and we were going through his things that we found a raft of medals that he had hidden away. Veterans are very humble heroes and I’m proud to say that my father was one of them. It’s sad that these white poppy wearing peaceniks can’t recognize them as such.
commented 2015-11-11 21:07:02 -0500
Dissing vets or their sacrifices for our freedoms is a sure way to get your eyes blackened in my neighborhood. Virtually every family here has lost someone in the wars to stop dictators.
commented 2015-11-11 20:46:20 -0500
I hope you’re talkin’ about a back-hand, or a bitch-slap, or something equally appropriate – like the opening scene in “Way of the Gun”, or even better, Clark Gable doing an attitude adjustment on the fop at the slave auction in “Band of Angels”, because ‘they’ aren’t worth doing time for…
commented 2015-11-11 19:57:04 -0500
Peter Babich,

It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who gives us the freedom of the press,

It is the Soldier not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech,

It is the Soldier, not the Campus Organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate,

It is the Soldier, not the Lawyer, who has given us the right to fair trial,

It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and who’s coffin is draped by the flag,
who gives the protester the right to burn the flag.

This is the Nam version.
commented 2015-11-11 19:37:36 -0500
Thanks David. I do not speak of much of my service, because once something has been seen, it is unable to be unseen.
But the big story of the day is Sophie’s hat! not the vets. CBC can only drool over our Canadian princess Dianna. Kinda makes me wanna puke!
commented 2015-11-11 19:31:41 -0500
Today when I stood at the cenotaph I couldn’t help but think that 60 years ago Remembrance Day was probably a much more solemn event. Entire communities gathered together to remember lost sons and fathers. People who lost those closest to them, entire communities felt it together. There was no talk of white poppies or industrial war complexes. Just regular everyday Canadians remembering their friends and family. It is sad how people twist this day now.

We are bombarded everyday to support this or that charity. Sponsor this, sponsor that. These charities, while worthwhile are a billion dollar industry. Our veterans, bear the cold to give out poppies and collect what they can to support the few of those men left and those still returning from Afghanistan. One of the most-worthy causes in this country.
commented 2015-11-11 18:49:03 -0500
Very good article and that is a true fact most war veterans’ do not speak much about their encounters, in my family my uncles on both sides and my dad experienced the Second World War a Grandpa from the Boer War and an uncle from the First World War would sometimes speak of it amongst themselves when they would get together – that was why my brother and I and my first cousin would always hang around whenever they were having conversations, so that we could learn of what they had experienced! It was very hard to get them to say much to us when we were alone with them! The only thing they told me when I’d ask is to learn your basic training very well, never volunteer for anything and for God sakes’s they’d say when you go to war learn to keep your head down and to never develop the habit of hesitating!
commented 2015-11-11 18:29:50 -0500
A white poppy? That is going too far.
commented 2015-11-11 18:19:43 -0500
Bless you David. You said what so needs to be said. I wonder if the only way to bring peaceniks back to earth is to make them see how they got what they have, including their freedom to criticize, that is to give them the same first hand experiences of our Vets. I so wish that military service would be mandatory from age 17 to 19. That would shut them up once and for all.
commented 2015-11-11 17:52:52 -0500
It is the Veteran not the preacher who gave us our freedom of religion.
It is the Veteran not the reporter who gave us the freedom of the press.
It is the Veteran not the poet who gave us the freedom of speech.
It is the Veteran not the campus organizer who gave us the freedom to assemble
It is the Veteran not the lawyer who gave us the right to a fair trial
It is the Veteran not the politician who gave us the right to vote
It is the Veteran who salutes the flag
It is the Veteran who serves under the flag
Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them.
God Bless them all
Thank you
commented 2015-11-11 17:13:49 -0500
Well said, David.
Used to spend some summer vacations in an area that was jam packed with infantry veterans and one of the common staples for us kids was (American sourced) war comics. The only thing that ever set one of the vets off in my hearing were the “knife style” bayonets depicted. He explained real bayonets were like long thin triangular spikes. That was it. Nothing else said. Case closed.
commented 2015-11-11 16:16:06 -0500
Anyone wears a white poppy near me and I will go to jail for what I will do to him/her.
commented 2015-11-11 16:10:55 -0500
Thank you David. The surviving Veterans in my family concur with your thoughts and attest to their feelings about war and loyalty. An uncle who suffered through the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong and subsequent imprisonment never talked of the war for the rest of his life, other than to say that soldiers know from experience that war is hell and never glorious.
commented 2015-11-11 15:41:18 -0500
That’s good. May we never forget the price of our current freedom….