Okay, maybe "upswing" isn't quite the word ... the majority of Canadians always have been patriotic but pre-9/11 it was a very different kind of patriotism. A quiet patriotism that we held in our hearts and shared quietly with one another but that we seemed to feel no need to shout from the rooftops.
As I said, that seemed to change after the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001.
More flag-waving, more open expressions of pride in our country. And more poppies. Definitely more poppies.
Remembrance Day seemed to become revitalized and take on a larger, broader meaning. And I
Sadly, though, I am wondering if that more open expression of pride and appreciation for our country (and those that serve in its name) is starting to ease off just a bit - at least in connection with Remembrance Day.
I hope not. I pray not.