Why do we wear white poppies?

Peace Poppies

We started wearing handmade white poppies many years ago. For us, wearing both red and white poppies is a way of saying "Remember the fallen, including civilians, and work for peace". We have had many meaningful conversations with strangers that started with "What's the white poppy for?".

I have always had respect and sympathy for veterans, who put their life, health and family on the line to serve. I believe they deserve recognition and support, but for years I was uncomfortable wearing a red poppy, because of the undercurrent of promotion and recruitment for current and future wars that I detect in many public events around the topic of supporting veterans. The white poppy attracts questions, and gives me a chance to explain the nuances of my support.

In Britain, the idea of decoupling Armistice Day, the red poppy and later Remembrance Day from their military culture dates back to 1926, just a few years after the British Legion was persuaded to try using the red poppy as a fundraising tool in Britain. A member of the No More War Movement suggested that the British Legion should be asked to imprint 'No More War' in the centre of the red poppies instead of ‘Haig Fund’ and failing this, pacifists should make their own flowers.

A few years later the idea was again discussed by the Co-operative Women's Guild who in 1933 produced the first white poppies to be worn on Armistice Day (later called Remembrance Day). The Guild stressed that the white poppy was not intended as an insult to those who died in the First World War - a war in which many of the women lost husbands, brothers, sons and lovers. The following year the newly founded Peace Pledge Union joined the CWG in the distribution of the poppies and later took over their annual promotion.

For other thoughts on remembering all victims of war, please see also our Peace Poppy Voices page, and other websites WhitePoppy.ca and RemembranceDayForAll.ca . The Peace Pledge Union in Britain has great educational material, for example A Tale of Two Poppies .

There is a peace education kit with Canadian materials available on "Remembrance Day Education kit" in right sidebar) or on the Voice Of Women website .

Please take a look at the Rideau Institute's Do You Remember For Peace? campaign on their ceasefire.ca website. Leave a comment, sign up, or just read the moving contributions.


It doesnt work...as long as americans

2003-04-28 10:51:30 by Tommys

Use at least 80% of the world's heroin and cocaine...it will get here from somewhere somehow.
Even mexico is growing poppies now, whereas it use to be the golden triangle...then and now afghanistan (we couldn't even stop it THERE!)
Also, CIA frequently uses these types of people to work against left forces in countries...so DEA always runs up against their allies. See article in recent New Yorker about Dyncorp etc being contracted by US gov't...not just 'spraying' they are helping paramilitaries go after rebels...flying helicopter gunships etc....
see White Out by Cockburn
Dark Alliance by Webb
and the classic about Burma, laos , etc Politics of Heroin by mccoy


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