Plant-Lore

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Plants of remembrance -1. White poppies

Home-made wreath of crocheted white poppies, placed by Veterans for Peace on the Cenotaph in Whitehall, Westminster, on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday, 10 November 2019.

Veterans for Peace UK was started in 2011, but the organisation started in the U.S.A. in 1985.  Each year members march to the Cenotaph behind their ‘Never Again’ banner, hold a short ceremony and lay a wreath.

White poppies were first produced by the Co-operative Women’s Guild in 1933, as a ‘pledge that wars must never happen again’.  It is said that their use peaked in 1938, but they continued to be used sporadically until 1980, when they were adopted by the Peace Pledge Union.  The making of knitted or crocheted poppies became popular in 2016.

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