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.