WHITE POP­PIES ASK FOR PEACE

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

FOR sev­eral years I have placed a white poppy wreath on the war memo­rial in Great Har­wood for the 21st Septem­ber which is the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace.

For any­one who doesn’t know, the war memo­rial stands in Memo­rial Park be­hind the Old Par­ish Church at the top of Church Street.

I have been very pleased that it has not been dam­aged or re­moved even though it has laid there for as long as a month.

I al­ways re­move it be­fore re­mem­brance day so as not to con­flict with the Bri­tish Le­gion’s red poppy com­mem­o­ra­tions.

I was a bit shocked the other day when I saw that a red poppy had been placed on the wreath but af­ter think­ing about it I de­cided that I am ac­tu­ally quite pleased that some­one has de­cided to care­fully place their red poppy on my wreath of white pop­pies.

It could have been put there by some­one who has al­ways worn a red poppy and wants there to be more talk of build­ing a more peace­ful world.

Those who died in wars and those sur­vivors in need of sup­port are re­mem­bered in the red poppy cam­paign and the white poppy cam­paign pro­motes a more peace­ful world as well as mourn­ing for all those who have been af­fected by wars.

I think that th­ese cam­paigns should be seen as com­pat­i­ble with one an­other and I would wel­come an in­vi­ta­tion for my white poppy wreath to sit with the red poppy wreaths on the memo­rial. Joan West via email

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