Pins 'deface' poppy symbol
"You know it is defacing our poppy, and our policy is such that the poppy should not be defaced," said Maxwell, who also speaks for the Royal Canadian Legion's poppy and remembrance committee in Ottawa.
His stance is in line with what's written on page 42 of the Legion's Poppy Manual — that the poppy is a 'sacred symbol of remembrance' and no other pin (except the pointy one that it comes with) should be used to attach it to your clothing.
Maxwell said legionnaires should wear their poppies in the traditional fashion, but recognizes that the Royal Canadian Legion can't control the will of the Canadian public.
"It's a personal choice. And it's better to wear a poppy than no poppy at all," he said.
Dominion Command has directed branches across Canada not to sell the poppy pin centre substitutes.
Maxwell adds that if people are worried about poking themselves with the poppy pin, many legion branches supply "poppy savers," or plastic ends, to put on the pointy end of the pin.[/color]
Yes, the poppy is a sacred symbol
of remembrance. A symbol can be represented in many ways. The piece of plastic with a straight pin itself is not sacred. Furthermore, how is a straight pin that folks have been complaining about for years any more "sacred" than another pin that looks the same, functions better and is safer? How do the Legion's "poppy savers" preserve "sacredness" any more than these poppy pin centres?
The Legion has to pull its collective head out of its *** and realize that someone has come up with a better idea. instead of fighting it, perhaps they should embrace it.