Volume 92, Issue 44
Friday, November 20, 1998
Poppy for fredom
Re: Endorsing propaganda, Nov. 12
To the Editor:
I was upset when I read Prof. Carroll's commentary on wearing a poppy. Thus, I have felt the need to express my reason for wearing one. I cannot argue from a position of academic strength. My reason is emotional and has everything to do with the freedom I have, given by those who died.
Throughout my life, I have had the pleasure of knowing, working with and caring for many veterans. Their stories have impressed on me the courage of all those who served, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice of all. War is awful. It is a horror in itself.
War is a time of destruction of land, buildings and people's bodies, minds and souls. War does kill innocent people. Our knowledge and discovery of the horrors committed by the Allies should not dishearten us from wearing a poppy and observing Remembrance Day to remember those who served.
I agree that we need to confront these horrors and work to prevent them from reoccurring, but the poppy and Remembrance Day are not by which to do it.
We have the freedom to look into these horrors and to talk about them. We have the freedom to challenge the status quo, to question if it is propaganda or not. All of this speculation gives us many "what ifs." What if it is propaganda? What if it isn't? What if the Allies lost? What if we couldn't ask what if? Asking "what if" and challenging the status quo is part of our freedom.
There are some questions we will never know the answers for. We can not know that our freedom exists just because these men died. We can only know that many died believing they were giving us freedom. For that, I wear a poppy.
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