WHITE POPPIES ASK FOR PEACE
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