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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.

*Veterans for Peace UK was permanently disbanded in August 2022, when it was thought that the organisation was ‘a shadow of its former self’, and ‘maintaining the infrastructure of the organisation diverts our energy away from our stated purpose; To serve the cause of World Peace’.

Updated 31 October 2023.

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