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27th October 2020

White Poppies (update)

Unfortunately, our temporary closure means that we will now not be able to sell white poppies from the Hub. You can order yours direct from Peace Pledge Union, to wear in the run-up to Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday. 

What are white poppies, and why do people wear them?

This video, made by one of our volunteers Jacob, explains:

White poppies are produced by the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) who state that:

“The White Poppy symbolises the belief that there are better ways to resolve conflicts than war, and embodies values that reject killing fellow human beings for whatever reason.”

This year, PPU are asking us to particularly remember Yemen. The UK has been complicit in selling arms to the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing civilians in Yemen (despite a high-court ruling that this is unlawful). The Covid-19 pandemic has made the humanitarian situation even worse, and 11th November risks becoming a ‘festival of forgetting’ if it ignores this crisis.

The PPU is using the slogan “Remember Yemen”, along with the usual call to “Remember Them All” – victims of all nationalities in all wars, including current wars and lesser-mentioned colonial wars of the past.

History of White Poppies

White poppies first appeared in 1933, as concern was growing that the ‘war to end all wars’ would be followed by an even worse war.  Many people felt that the best way to honour those killed and injured in the first world war was to say ‘never again’ and wore the white poppy to show their support for peace.  Find out more about the history of the white poppy at the PPU website.

White poppies are now worn in October and November to remember all victims of war, and also they “represent a commitment to work for a world where conflicts will be resolved without violence and with justice.”

If you share this commitment, pop into Peace Hub to pick up your white poppy; or feel free to ask questions and find out more.

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