For my British followers:
I know, if you’re anything like me, you’re distracted by the American election and may more or less have forgotten that it’s Remembrance Day in five days. But I wanted to put up this post as a double reminder: firstly, that it is Remembrance Day in five days, and secondly, that there is an alternative to the standard red poppy. A lot of people don’t seem to know that white poppies are a thing, and I try to make a point of reminding people of their existence every so often. Because I’m obnoxious like that.
The white poppy campaign has been running since 1933. What it symbolises is not, despite what some people claim, a disrespect for veterans or a wish to downplay the courage and sacrifice of people who fought and died. In fact, it’s often worn alongside the red poppy, so money is given to veterans as well. The white poppy symbolises two things; the wish for peace and desire not to glorify war, and the remembrance also of civilian casualties, particularly conscientious objectors. The money from these poppies goes to the Peace Pledge Union, which works with projects aimed at supporting peace and reconciliation work throughout the world.
tl;dr it is a worthy cause, and even if you don’t buy a white poppy, I think more people should know about it. (Clicking the photo will take you to the PPU website, if you want to learn more)
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

For my British followers:

I know, if you’re anything like me, you’re distracted by the American election and may more or less have forgotten that it’s Remembrance Day in five days. But I wanted to put up this post as a double reminder: firstly, that it is Remembrance Day in five days, and secondly, that there is an alternative to the standard red poppy. A lot of people don’t seem to know that white poppies are a thing, and I try to make a point of reminding people of their existence every so often. Because I’m obnoxious like that.

The white poppy campaign has been running since 1933. What it symbolises is not, despite what some people claim, a disrespect for veterans or a wish to downplay the courage and sacrifice of people who fought and died. In fact, it’s often worn alongside the red poppy, so money is given to veterans as well. The white poppy symbolises two things; the wish for peace and desire not to glorify war, and the remembrance also of civilian casualties, particularly conscientious objectors. The money from these poppies goes to the Peace Pledge Union, which works with projects aimed at supporting peace and reconciliation work throughout the world.

tl;dr it is a worthy cause, and even if you don’t buy a white poppy, I think more people should know about it. (Clicking the photo will take you to the PPU website, if you want to learn more)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

ppu white poppy poppy remembrance day Armistice Day peace as a quaker i am honestly quite invested in this campaign i've sold them in school for the last like four years and what i've found is that nobody knows about them so yeah just spreading the word back to fandom and american politics now

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    I care but that doesn’t mean I agree.
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    This is perfect. I’ve been refusing to buy red poppies throughout most of my highschool life after realizing how horrid...
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    I think my housemate said they sell them in minimum packs of 5?
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    I may get one in the next couple of days if my college chaplain has any left. I’ll try to get a couple if I can. It’s a...
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    You can order them online (at the site linked from the photo) or they might well sell them at the Quaker Meeting House...
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    If I passed someone selling white poppies, I might well get one as well. I’ve not seen them here in Durham, though.