If you have current residence or lived in any place that was previously or is currently a British commonwealth state for any full year, you are probably very aware of the poppy. To my knowledge, the poppy is exclusively a symbol of remembrance in those states for I am Canadian. Please feel free to correct me other wise. Anyway, back on topic. In Canada, there is a new poppy, a rainbow poppy to commemorate the soldiers and veterans who are part of the LGBTQ community. I dont see a need for it. Because to me, and others I know, the poppy has always a sign of remembrance regardless of sexuality, gender, race or religion. It stands for all. It's to commemorate all the fallen soldiers and current veterans who went to fight for us.
Now, some history behind this, a women with a homosexual son who went to war, was brutally beaten and killed by other members of his company for being gay. And were commemorated for what they did in a unspecified conflict, (this could be fake, I don't know, I just found out about this today). And the mom got pretty upset about it. So she wanted to make a poppy to commemorate all LGBTQ soldiers and veterans.
As I mentioned earlier, I don't really like this, but I'm not a soldier, or ever want to be. I was in air cadets for 2 years and said, "Fuck this" when I got to high school. Please tell me what you guys think about this issue. I just found out about this subreddit and this issue, and R/Canada has a high removal rating, so I thought here would be better.
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