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The point of the poppy

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An acquaintance and I were talking about the Remembrance Day poppy. I told her I was on my fourth or fifth one, since I keep losing them.

She told me she uses an earring backing to hold hers on (great tip!). We also spoke about how we poke ourselves with the poppy pin all the time.

Ret. Sergeant Tom Hoppe wears a poppy on his suit jacket at his house in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Hoppe earned the Medal of Bravery and the affectionate nickname

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Ret. Sergeant Tom Hoppe wears a poppy on his suit jacket at his house in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Hoppe earned the Medal of Bravery and the affectionate nickname "Dances With Bullets" for his heroic August 1994 sprint into sniper fire to rescue three children pinned down in the civil war fury of Visoko, Bosnia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

I had a thought; maybe that's the point. We lose them over and over, as a reminder of soldiers' lives lost over the years, to keep us safe.

We poke ourselves trying to wear them as a reminder of all the sacrifices of soldiers hurt or injured and those of their families who supported them.

So proudly wear that poppy this Nov. 11, no matter if it's your first or fifth. I know I will, especially now.

DIANA LA PLUME

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 10, 2012 A15

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