REMEMBRANCE WHITE POPPIES White poppies for peace were created by the Women’s Cooperative Guild and made their first appearance on Armistice Day in1933. With the rising domestic and international tensions at the time, concern grew that the war end all wars, in which so many had died or languished in prison for refusing to fight, would now be followed by an even worse war. The white poppy was an expression of this concern, particularly for women - many of whom were mothers, sisters, widows and sweethearts of men harmed in the First World War. The white poppy became a symbol of our inability to settle conflicts without resorting to killing. The aim from donations received from the white poppy’s is to promote debate and rally support for resistance to war. White poppies will be available at the back of church, donations for these (but not obligatory) go to the Peace Pledge Union. RED POPPIES The red poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. Poppies are worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community. The poppy is a well-known and well-established symbol, one that carries a wealth of history and meaning with it. Wearing a poppy is still a very personal choice, reflecting individual experiences and personal memories. It is never compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those who it is intended to support. Money raised during the Poppy Appeal helps us support the Armed Forces community in lots of different ways, including providing financial advice to veterans. The Poppy Appeal also helps fund services like the Battle Back Centre - the first port of call for wounded, injured and sick service men and women as they start their Individual Recovery Program. Please remember it’s not either / or, the white and red poppies have different messages and can be worn together. 10

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