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White Poppy for Peace. [Nov. 9th, 2004|10:38 pm]
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In the UK, as the day of remembrance for the dead of the first world war comes up, two kind of poppies to be worn on your vest's lapel come up. They are sold by volunteers for the benefit of charitable organization.

There is the white poppy and the red poppy. Basically, the red poppy is worn by British patriots to honor the dead, the white poppy is worn by those who want to protest the war. The red poppy is a lot more popular than the white, but some people wear both, and some people like me wear only the white, mainly because the red one is too associated with patriotism, but also because it was created by the co-operative women's guild, and therefore represents a more feminist view of what war is.

Here is the history of the white poppy from the white poppy website:

"White Poppy - origins

The idea of an alternative poppy dates back to 1926, just a few years after the red poppy came to be used in Britain. A member of the No More War Movement suggested that the British Legion should be asked to imprint 'No More War' in the centre of the red poppies and failing this pacifists should make their own flowers.

In 1933 the Co-operative Women's Guild produced the first white poppies to be worn on Armistice Day (later called Remembrance Day). The Guild stressed that the white poppy was not intended as an insult to those who died in the First World War - a war in which many of the women lost husbands, brothers, sons and lovers. The following year the Peace Pledge Union joined the CWG in the distribution of the poppies and later took over their annual promotion."

The website also explains why they chose to differentiate from the red poppy and outlines the history of the red poppy as well. Check it out, and maybe, introduce that idea in the US if it is not present there already. I will scan my white poppy so that you can see what it looks like.

PS: It looks real good too!

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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-11-10 03:47 am (UTC)

aha

In my four years here I have never seen the white poppy anywhere. Where are they hiding!?



The red one makes me think of blood and drugs...
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[User Picture]From: saravana
2004-11-10 02:51 pm (UTC)

Re: aha

I wouldn't wear the red one, it would be like I am trying too hard to be like the Brits. And I wouldn't want something like that, would I?!

Plus, the white one is really a good excuse for wearing some flowers ;-P

Maybe next year you could buy a package and peddle it among your friends or in the street, just so people begin to wear it around where you are.

I am not sure exactly how it works, but it works very similarly to the red poppy system. It is a way to get donations.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-11-10 04:16 pm (UTC)
If I should still be here next year, I will certainly remember to do that.
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[User Picture]From: saravana
2004-11-11 02:39 am (UTC)
Nice icon

You will be leaving?
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-11-11 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I found this picture somewhere on the internet quite a while ago and liked it a lot so it became an icon. I'm working towards having only black and white icons.


I might be leaving. My situation right now is that I am looking for work and pretty willing to move anywhere I speak the language.
I wouldn't mind staying in the UK as I am getting somewhat tired of moving around and have made good friends here now, but on the other hand I know I shouldn't just take the easiest option. Right now I just feel lethargic and a little but permanently depressed, but hopefully that will pass with time.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-11-11 12:57 pm (UTC)
How are you?
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[User Picture]From: saravana
2004-11-11 04:04 pm (UTC)
I am OK, a bit restless, I need to raise myself above the muck in which I dread I could let myself wallow. Always fearful!

I think the little but permanent depression is normal if you are in a period of transition. The only thing is to keep living as normally as possible and follow a schedule, and you will go through somehow.

Not that this is necessarily the best advice. I don't think my methods should be followed. You may want something more radical.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-11-11 04:21 pm (UTC)
Don't be so logical.
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