White Poppy Ponder

An interesting idea. The red / white poppy debate continues!

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Having never seen anyone wearing a white poppy, I confess the entire movement flew below my radar until a couple of days ago. On Nov. 6, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino publicly stated wearing a white poppy was “an offensive attempt to politicize Remembrance Day”. Apparently Fantino saw red when the Rideau Institute in Ottawa began handing out white poppies with the slogan “I remember for peace”.

Attempting to get to the bottom of the red/white poppy controversy, I started to dig. Wikipedia claims the movement began in the UK, 1926 when a pacifist  member of the No More War Movement suggested the centre of the traditional red poppy be imprinted with “No More War”. Upping the ante of red poppies – not in disrespect of war vets, rather as a reminder to end all wars. Seems reasonable – I highly doubt any member of that pacifist movement escaped personal…

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