Wearing any Poppy is to remember those fallen in war, but wearing the White Poppy is also a genuine plea for an end to all war.
Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, on the second Sunday in November, as a day:
“…to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts…”
“later conflicts” is a huge catalogue of wars and conflicts:
1950 Korean War
1951 Canal Zone Emergency
1956 Suez Crisis
1962 Oman and Dhofar
1963 Aden Emergency
1969 Northern Ireland “Troubles”
1982 Falklands War
1990 First Gulf War
1992 Balkans Wars
2000 Sierra Leone
2001 War in Afghanistan
2003 Second Gulf War
2011 Libyan Civil War
2014 Military intervention against ISIL
And the only year when an active British serviceman or servicewoman didn’t die was 1968.
The White Poppy is an irritant to some people, but for me it serves to remember that whilst we venerate the fallen, we forget that there has hardly been a year without Britain being involved in a war.
There has to be a better way.