Wear your poppy with pride, what­ever the colour

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - ---BBC

11 Novem­ber is Remembrance Day—a day to com­mem­o­rate the First World War and the con­flicts that fol­lowed it.

Many peo­ple choose to wear a red poppy around this time to pay re­spect to those who have lost their lives fight­ing on be­half of their coun­try.

While the red poppy is the most well known sym­bol of remembrance, there are other coloured pop­pies too—white, black and pur­ple—that have dif­fer­ent mean­ings.

The pur­ple poppy is of­ten worn to re­mem­ber an­i­mals that have been vic­tims of war. An­i­mals like horses, dogs and pi­geons were of­ten drafted into the war ef­fort, and those that wear the pur­ple poppy feel their ser­vice should be seen as equal to that of hu­man ser­vice. In par­tic­u­lar, many horses were killed or in­jured in World War One.

The black poppy has two dif­fer­ent mean­ings at­tached to it but is most com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the com­mem­o­ra­tion of black, African and Caribbean com­mu­ni­ties' con­tri­bu­tion to the war ef­fort, as ser­vice­men and ser­vice­women, and as civil­ians.The cam­paign or­gan­is­ers say that while they also sup­port the red poppy, they feel that the black poppy high­lights this con­tri­bu­tion and the place of black, African and Caribbean com­mu­ni­ties in remembrance.

Some peo­ple feel that the red poppy glo­ri­fies war and con­flict. In­stead they might choose to wear a white poppy. The white poppy is handed out by a char­ity called Peace Pledge Union, which pro­motes peace. They say that the white poppy com­mem­o­rates peo­ple who died in con­flict, but fo­cuses on achiev­ing peace and chal­leng­ing the way we look at war.

The poppy is ar­guably the most fa­mous sym­bol used to com­mem­o­rate those who sac­ri­ficed their lives in World War One and con­flicts that fol­lowed.

Wear­ing a poppy was in­spired by the fields of pop­pies that grew where many of the bat­tles were fought.

The red poppy is con­nected to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, a char­ity cre­ated by vet­er­ans of World War One. They say that the red poppy rep­re­sents remembrance and hope.

Red is not the only recog­nised colour for a Remembrance poppy.

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