Tuesday, November 10, 2009

White poppy, purple poppy

White poppy The white poppy is for peace and remembrance, and challenges the war-condoning values of traditional remembrance and related ceremonies. The idea of decoupling Armistice Day, the red poppy and later Remembrance Day from their military culture dates back to 1926, just a few years after the British Legion was persuaded to try using the red poppy as a fundraising tool in Britain. The white poppy is sold by the Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace through education.

purple poppy The purple poppy commemorates all those animals who have suffered and died in human conflicts. Animals have been used as messengers, beasts of burden, for detection, scouting, rescue, and on the front line. They continue to be subjected to experiments in laboratories.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

I love peace, but had everyone in the UK and US sworn off war, every pagan or other non-traditional religious person would have died in the death chambers. Just saying.

War can be "condoned" when one is warred upon by those intent on your extinction. That's rare, granted, but let's not pretend it doesn't exist.