White poppies honour the fallen on all sides - The Leamington Observer

White poppies honour the fallen on all sides

Leamington Editorial 20th Nov, 2016   0

A WHITE poppy wreath was placed alongside the red ones at Leamington’s War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

The wreath, with a combination of hand knitted poppies and white poppies from the Peace Pledge Union, was laid to commemorate all victims of war, military and civilian on all sides.

Spokeswoman Judy Steele said: “We of course remember the civilians who died in the First and Second World Wars, and the white poppy gives us the opportunity to remember all those who died in the blitz in Coventry and the fire-bombing of Dresden and at Hiroshima.

“It is sobering to think that today over 90 per cent of those killed in war are civilians.

The white poppy was introduced in 1933 by women who had lost fathers, sons, brothers and sweethearts in the First World War.


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