Remember what Remembrance Day is supposed to be about. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Remember to remember next Nov. 11

If you need to comment online, make it relevant to the lives of vets

Is it possible we’ve forgotten what Remembrance Day is about? It should be about those who’ve sacrificed their lives, and continue to, for the better good.

Somehow this weekend it turned into a nonsensical debate (“rant” is more like it) about He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and immigration.

In case you missed it – and for that, we envy the sense of calm you must feel – He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named again used the platform of a hockey broadcast to complain about the lack of poppies being worn and how this is all due to immigration.

For the record, turnouts at the Nov. 11 ceremonies seemed strong, and we hadn’t noticed any lack of poppies prior. It might even be worth pointing out the Immigrant Welcome Centre had a Poppy Fund box in the lobby, but that’s not the issue.

The Internet, of course, went wild on all sides. Here’s the thing: You can find someone’s views ridiculous and offensive, or not.

You can defend their right to speak their mind, or not. Perhaps the real issue here though was timing. The man managed to make Remembrance Day about him and an unrelated issue.

A recent story about local thefts of Legion Poppy Fund boxes points to an actual issue that we could all be mulling over: The Poppy Fund proceeds help veterans in emergency situations, to help buy groceries, pay for accommodations or cover other necessities.

The bigger question surrounds why veterans are having to scramble in the first place while waiting for benefits. That enough veterans have to be helped along by the Poppy Fund is something we, as a country, should find unacceptable.

We applaud the Legion for its work and encourage donations, but no one serving this country should ever face such desperation.

Part of Remembrance Day ceremonies is the two minutes of silence.

Maybe next Nov. 11, consider extending that to the entire day when it comes to commenting on social media, or if you do feel the need, maybe comment on something worthwhile like the plight of veterans.

Remember: Remembrance Day is not supposed to be about you or what you think.

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