THE Rememberance Day poppy is worn by millions of people mostly across the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Traditionally, the poppies worn are of a red colour as it is the flower’s natural tone. But what about the white poppy?
How is the white poppy different from the red poppy?
The red poppy is often described as a symbol of hope and remembrance.
It was adopted to commemorate servicemen and women who died on the battlefield after the First World War.
The remembrance poppy was inspired by the World War I poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
The white poppy can be used as an alternative to the red poppy. Some choose to wear both.
The Peace Pledge Union’s poppy differs from the Royal British Legion’s as it is for the remembrance of all casualties of war.
This includes civilian, non-British and victims of wars that are still being fought.
It symbolises a commitment to peace and finding non violent solution to conflicts.
The white poppy exists to challenge the glamorisation and celebration of war.
Why is the white poppy controversial?
The Royal British Legion has expressed no official opinion about the White Poppy, saying “it is a matter of choice.”
However, some people have argued that there is no need for a different poppy as the traditional one encompasses all the same messages.
In the 1930s when the poppy was created, some worried it would take funds away from the red poppy appeal.
Magaret Thatcher famously expressed “deep distaste” for the symbol during prime ministers questions.
This lead to a huge amount of media interest, with the Daily Star running articles criticising the campaign.
In 2018 Johnny Mercer, MP, blasted white poppies as “attention seeking rubbish”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Ignore the wearers of them. If you don’t want to wear a poppy don’t bother; they fought and died so you could choose.
“But don’t deliberately try and hijack it’s symbolism for your own ends.”
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