Simon Usborne’s Unaswered Questions on Saturday [The great poppy war – how did we get here?, 05 Nov 2016] states that the Peace Pledge Union started making white poppies in 1936.
That fact is not in dispute. However, white poppies were initially developed before that date.
In 1933 by the Co-operative Women’s Guild who were worried by the growing militarisation of Remembrance events and the detachment between the Red Poppy and the need to work for peace.
White poppies affirm the message of “no more war” and they represent remembrance for all victims of war (including civilians), a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamourise or celebrate war.
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