November 07, 2005

Poppy police

So let me get this straight. The poppy is a registered trademark of the Royal Canadian Legion, and using that symbol without their consent is to be treated as a trademark violation. On the other hand, if you're in the Canadian Forces, you are under order from Nov. 1 to Nov. 11 to wear the poppy on your uniform, no matter how many times you lose it and have to fork over another quarter for the next one.

In fact, I'm currently required to wear two... the Year of Remembrance poppy pin that we have been ordered to wear since March on the right chest, and the Legion poppy on the left lapel.

If the poppy is a registered trademark, doesn't that mean space on Canadian soldiers' uniforms has been dedicated to advertising purposes?

Hey, an order's an order. But I'm with Colby. In civilian clothes, the poppy can be done without from now on. A la Bourque, I'll still wear a British-style poppy if I can find one, though.

Posted by BruceR at 06:14 PM