White Poppies are now available at Peace Hub for 2021 – pop in to get one for a donation, 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.”
The PPU note that over 90% of casualties in modern conflict are civilians, and ask us to “Remember Them All” – victims of all nationalities in all wars, including current wars and lesser-mentioned colonial wars of the past. As part of this commitment, they will be holding a National Alternative Remembrance Ceremony – with options to attend in person or watch online Remembrance Sunday 14th November, 12 noon – 1pm.
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.”