Poppy symbol doesn’t reasonate for reader

Second World War veteran doesn't feel heroic after service to country

I am a Second World War veteran.

However, I won’t be wearing a poppy. I don’t buy the “spin” placed on wearing poppies.

We didn’t go to war to be heroes, or to protect our “freedom.”

It was a job for some, an opportunity for others (remember the armies of the unemployed in the 1930s) and an adventure for youngsters like me, not to mention just plain reluctant conscripts.

Some did perform heroic deeds when faced with the challenge.

We should remember all those who were killed and focus our efforts on finding more peaceful ways to resolve conflicts.

I’m happy to donate to helping veterans, though would like to see our government doing a better job of caring for disabled vets.

Robert McInnes

Victoria

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