Why Poppies Mean So Much


With every start to November, it brings a time of reflection. We reflect upon those men and women who gave the greatest sacrifice at the worlds call of need. Canadian soldiers have been instrumental in bringing an end to both World Wars.

When we think of WWI we remember those brave men at Vimy Ridge, and WWII we think of Juno Beach. Our history books are filled with these Great Wars, and the stories of how our boys became men and hero’s.

Our men of all wars were volunteers, not having to be drafted or made to sign up for duty, but rather knew the need and stepped up to meet that challenge. I think of the courage, and the lives that they left behind, family, children, jobs, and freedom. I think of what their courage allowed all of us to enjoy yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Those men that came home to lives forever changed, and those men who never came home, lives given for others.

Once again we needed the call to arms, Korea this time, again our men and women met that challenge. Peacekeeping missions to help those in need, and Afghanistan on a new battle front. We in the Sault need not look far for hero’s, the name of two great men will never be forgotten in Master Cpl Scott Vernelli, and Sgt. John Faught. So why do we wear the poppy? We wear it to show our gratitude, our thankful heart, and respect. We wear it to say we appreciate the lives cut short, the lives changed and the chance to live. It will always have a spot on my jacket or shirt, so the families of those that gave will know I care and it matters. The greatest sacrifice anyone can give, is give their own life for others, and with a simple little poppy, we say thank you.

To those that believe the poppy somehow showcases or glorifies the war, or the torment that follows, I say untrue. No glory is given to carnage, no greatness given to the madmen that start the wars. To those men and women that will not sit idly by, who stand and sacrifice safety for righteousness, morality, and values, those men/women we glorify, and glorify proudly. To all those men and women that have served, still serve, and have paid the ultimate price, I have no words, only thank you.

Lyle Bailey