for remembrance day every year in britain hundreds of paper red poppies are sold in aid of the royal british legion and associated charities. instead of that, this year I urge you to consider spending just 50p* on a white poppy.
why? the money from the white poppies goes to support the peace pledge union, working in the memory of all those lives affected by war past, present and future; and to secure a more peaceful path looking forwards. the white poppy symbolises all those affected by war: the children left fatherless, the women abused and raped by british soldiers, the young and old men drafted to fight against their morals -- every person affected by war, no matter religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or age.
the white poppy is a movement to de-glorify war. to stop militarisation in schools. to stop kids at london comic-con buying merch where offensive weaponry has been sold to overseas powers just months before**. to stop children as young as pre-school age thinking that the most honourable future they can provide is to die for peace. we should try living for peace instead.
*THE RECOMMENDED DONATION IS 50 PENCE
** THIS IS A REFERENCE TO THE MCM LONDON COMIC-CON WHICH IS HELD AT THE EXCEL CENTER, THE SAME PLACE AS THE BIENNIAL ARMS FAIR
john morris, a peace party representative is holding a peace poppy sale on north street, guildford town centre, all day outside the quaker meeting house on friday 9th of november, if you wish to purchase one, and you can also get them online.
the peace pledge union's words on white poppies are available here