A little more than a year ago I was heartbroken and angry about the vandalism perpetrated at the Halifax Memorial.
Now I see that a similar attack was made at the cenotaph at Old City Hall in Toronto:
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I suspect that this may have been someone’s idea of a response to the decision to fire Don Cherry.
(Parenthetically, I have a lot of time for many of the things that Don Cherry did to actively “support our troops,” especially during his visits to Afghanistan. I was far, far less supportive of his comments about “you people,” meaning, quite clearly, new Canadians, like my wife. I understand that he had a “right” to speak out on TV ~ he was hired, in some part, because he is a non-PC celebrity ~ and I also understand that Rogers™ had an equal “right” to fire him when his words threatened their bottom-line. I hold no brief for or against poppies as symbols. I’m not offended by the poppy, not by the red ones, not by white ones nor by poppies with ‘rainbow’ petals, either. I am, equally, unoffended when I see many, many ~ more every year, it seems to me ~ Canadians who don’t wear a poppy at all. But some people are, Mr Cherry was, and he was not alone.)
Maybe I’m reading too much into it; maybe it was just the same kind of mindlessly stupid ~ that’s the right word for people who vandalize cenotaphs ~ attack as the one in Halifax. But if it is related to the decision to fire Don Cherry then those who did it need to understand that they have broken faith with Mr Cherry ~ I don’t know him, but everything he has said and done seems to say that he must be as horrified by this as I am.