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Cassidy Little on being the face of the U.K. poppy campaign

Newfoundlander Cassidy Little, who is the face of the Royal British Legion's poppy campaign for 2013, says the red symbol now has a much more poignant meaning.

Comedian and performer lost leg during tour in Afghanistan with Royal Marines

Corporal Cassidy Little lost part of his leg while he was on duty in Afghanistan. (Royal British Legion)

Newfoundlander Cassidy Little is the face of the Royal British Legion's poppy campaign for 2013. 

Little left St. John's to become a comedian in England, but ended up joining the military.

He did two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the British Royal Marines.

Two years ago, Little lost part of his leg in an explosion.

He said wearing the symbolic red poppy for Remembrance Day now has a much deeper meaning.  

You wear your injuries like armour and you get on with it- Cassidy Little

"I survived the blast, but I lost some very good friends that day in that very same blast — including my leg, so suddenly this poppy becomes a lot more personal," Little told St. John's Morning Show host Anthony Germain.

"You know, I wear my poppy for the same reason I wear my prosthetic — because I can — for the people that can't."

Little also starred in a hugely successful play in London, The Two Worlds of Charlie F, performed by ex-service men and women.

The play gives a soldier's view of injury and recovery.

It has now been picked up by Mirvish Productions in Toronto and will be on stage there for two weeks in February.

For Little, bottling up the trauma he experienced in Afghanistan was not an option.

"The reality is that braving a smile and talking about it is really the best way to treat it ... because then you end up like me; you just end up trying to make as many jokes about it and you wear your injuries like armour and you get on with it."

 

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