No your freedom is not restricted as you know full well it is not. I refer to Spades comment that it is a day the Remember the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Women who served and died.
It is NOT A Freaking Holiday as i see many Canadians state. I have recent immigrants working for me and they wear Poppies - why - The know the answer as well as you or I and more so than many Canadians.
It is not a celebration of War as you posted, i think and hope that was just a mis post on your part.
Then the message has been lost by you and you alone - It is no more than a day to Remember those that died. No more no less that those that died.
actually, no I don't.... and I'm fine with that, for one day.... not the whole frickin month.
And I sincerely thank you for respecting our wishes for that day, gerry.
and you can thank Karrie and Zan for that...... hard ta say no when those 2 sexy ladies threaten ta tear yer nuts off and feed em to ya if ya don't stop....lol
I think everybody should be able to exercise free speech, but following Praxius' logic and common sense, they shouldn't be able to bastardise the red poppy campaign. Look at it this way:
It's a very crude illustration I put together, the first thing that came to mind. But do you think Pepsi would be allowed to market themselves with Coke's distinctive design? I think not.
Yeah, I get what you're saying, but.... this has been going on since the 20's... did either one of them register the mark exclusively?
The Royal Canadian Legion is mulling whether to launch a lawsuit if groups in Prince Edward Island and Ontario do not stop handing out white poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.
On the East Coast, an organization called the Island Peace Committee has been handing out white poppies, which are supposed to represent peaceful conflict resolution. The Ottawa Poppy Coalition has been distributing them in Ottawa.
But the Legion has taken issue with the campaign, calling it an insult to veterans and a possible breach of copyright.
"It's simply a trademark issue," said Legion spokesperson Bob Butt. "We own the trademark on the poppy."
"It's remembrance season, it's not peace season," he added. "If they want to distribute something they can distribute a dove."
White poppies were first adopted by British widows after the First World War, and they have been used regularly there for decades. But the reappearance of the white poppy in Canada over the past few years has caused growing controversy.
The Legion has written to organizations involved with the white poppy campaign, ordering them to stop distributing them and threatening legal action if they don't.
Brenda Vellino, with the Ottawa Poppy Coalition, said that while her father and grandfather were both soldiers, she has been promoting the white poppy to as a way to remember civilians who have died in war.
"I'd say it has a peace message, it's a peace education message," she said.
For a second year, the coalition is planning to lay a white poppy wreathes at the National War Memorial in Ottawa once Remembrance Day ceremonies are over.
They cite climbing civilian casualties in war as a motivation for the campaign.
"The white poppy is symbol of resistance, a way of saying ‘war is not an option, we've got to break the cycle of violence,'" said author and activist Heather Menzies.
At least one soldier, Maj. Peter McRae, said he has no problem with the colour difference.
"I'm not the least bit offended by people remembering in any way they choose to remember," he said.