Most in Toronto don’t give a darn about Remembrance Day, or at least wearing a poppy to commemorate it anymore!
It’s a reality plainly visible on any city street.
I’d put it at about 10% wearing poppies downtown Friday, and that may be generous.
At four locations I counted to 100 to see how many in each group had poppies.
The highest I saw was twelve, and the lowest was three.
The other two were eight and ten.
So about one in every 10 Torontonians — around the Cenotaph at Old City Hall, inside the Eaton Centre, in Dundas Square and just outside the Ryerson University Campus — were donning a poppy, even though veterans are selling them within in a few steps.
It is true people are free to wear, or not wear, a poppy.
But lest we forget who it was who gave them that freedom.