Broadcaster Don Cherry, born 1934, and thus not a Boomer, is a Canadian sports icon. He's also a Canadian patriot, and while not a veteran himself, is a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, which is very much like the American Legion...except, obviously, for being Royal, and Canadian.
Two paragraphs on Cherrry from Wikipedia explain this:
It's a fairly well-known complaint of the old—a true and legitimate complaint—that the younger generation doesn't respect war veterans and the Armed Forces as they used to. Cherry takes this personally, because the Canadian War Dead are his dead.
On Remembrance Day in Canada, almost everyone has traditionally worn the poppy in their lapel. (In the image above the headline, and in the video below, Cherry and his sidekick are both wearing them, and Cherry is wearing a Royal Canadian Legion blazer.)
So during a pre-Remembrance Day broadcast, he took the opportunity to give
thanks to the veterans and fallen to lament how few now wear poppies.
“I live in Mississauga, where nobody wears one,” he said on Coach’s Corner.
“Downtown Toronto, forget it . . . Nobody wears a poppy.”
Just before playing his taped poppy appeal standing next to his great uncle Sgt. Thomas William Mackenzie’s grave in France, Cherry said: “You people love, that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life. You love our milk and honey. At least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
Social media is calling for Cherry’s head.
November 11, 2019 10:39 AM
I don't usually put the time-stamp in the dateline, above, but it's not yet 4 PM and Cherry's been fired.
I said below that Remembrance Day ceremony is an implicitly white event. There were contingents of non-white troops on both sides of World War I, but it was white people fighting white people that made the war. I think the people who fired Cherry were, in effect, conceding that.