Volume 91, Issue 43

Thursday, November 13, 1997

$48 refund


Sad and disappointed

Re: Remembrance Day

To the Editor:
I wish that I didn't have to write this, but it has become readily apparent that someone does. In the week leading up to Remembrance Day, I became distraught, noticing that much of the student body wasn't wearing poppies.

I consoled myself, saying people would wear them on Remembrance Day. On Tuesday I became distraught, noticing that many members of the student body STILL weren't wearing poppies. I consoled myself, saying that people would still hold a minute of silence. At 11 a.m., in Saugeen-Maitland Hall, my friend and I held our minute of silence. Many others joined us and to them I give thanks, but still more walked around us like we were furniture, talking away as if nothing were happening. To these people I must ask, "What were you thinking?"

Maybe the reason Western students don't wear poppies is because they don't cost $200 and lack Nike swooshes.

Did that offend you?

Good. That was my intention. Maybe now you know how I and other family members of veterans feel.

When you wear a poppy, you are giving thanks to all the people who gave their lives so that you could have a better one. When you don't wear a poppy, their effort goes for naught and so do their families' losses.

Imagine receiving a letter one day. Your father has died. You will never see him again. The corpse is being sent home for a funeral. Now imagine you are one of the lucky ones. Many families didn't get a corpse, because there was nothing left. Many more didn't even get a letter because no one could identify the body. Imagine the heartache you would go through. That is why I wore a poppy. And that is why students should have worn one.

Bevan Earhart
Computer Science II

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