White Poppies

September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2014, October 2014

The emblem of the red poppy, to remember those killed fighting in the First World War and in the many conflicts since, is familiar to all.

Some women, widowed in WW1, felt that civilians who died in that war should also be remembered, and so introduced the white poppy.

Far more noncombatants, women and children, are killed and injured in war than those who die actually fighting; as witness the slaughter in Gaza this year or Iraq, Afghanistan and indeed the Second World War.

So the white poppy is worn to remember the innocent victims of war and as a symbol of hope, that peace between nations and individuals can be achieved without resorting to the barbarism of war. Some people wear a white poppy alongside a red one, others prefer to wear it alone.

White poppies can be obtained from me, Catherine Hand, at Kirk Lea, Sherwood Road. They are free, or donations can be made to a peace charity of your choice.

The First World War proved, alas, not to be the war to end all wars. We must not let another generation be sacrificed in such a way.

 

Catherine Hand

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