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Who wears a white poppy?

We asked ten people to tell us why they choose to wear a white poppy in the run-up to Remembrance Day.


"The white poppy symbolises the desire to mourn the dead and end war as an option for solving conflicts. In today’s wars ever increasing numbers of victims are civilians, and of that number so many are women and children. It also reminds me of the brave conscientious objectors, some of whom were killed for their convictions."

Henrietta Cullinan
Teacher, London


"I wear a white poppy to show that on the 11th I will be remembering all beings affected by war, whether wearing a uniform or not."

Sophie Mason
Hairdresser, West Midlands

"I have been dismayed and enraged in equal measure to see British politicians cry their crocodile tears of 'never again' at the Cenotaph. Boris Johnson will take his turn at the Cenotaph while veterans are disproportionately represented in prison populations, as homeless and suffering mental health issues. Shameful."

Steve Heaney
RAF veteran, North Wales


"I want to remember all victims of war, both civilians and forces, and the best way to do that is to advocate peace. That means an end to arms sales, an end to militarisation and an end to violent conflict. Please purchase a white poppy and join our path to peace."

Shadia Edwards-Dashti
Journalist, London


"The white poppy is to remember all the human beings who have suffered, regardless of race, colour, creed, sex or age. We need to commemorate all the victims of war."

Michael Pike
Former soldier, Northamptonshire


"As a pacifist and Peace Pledge Union member since 1939, my lifelong activity for peace and justice and my beliefs are as strong as ever."

Donald Saunders
Former consicentious objector, Llandudno


"It is important that we remember all victims of war. I also wear the white poppy as a sign of peace. I believe that disputes do not need to be solved with war and that a peaceful way is more powerful. As a pacifist and a climate activist, I am well aware of the horrendous effects of war on people, animals and the environment."

Anya Nanning Ramamurthy
School student and climate striker, London


"I wear my white poppy as a symbol of peace and hope."

Nicola Sleapwood
Historian and disability rights campaigner, Birmingham


"I wear a white poppy as a personal choice. I believe it is my duty to stand in solidarity with peacemakers, raising awareness that the seemingly endless cycle of conflict can be broken."

Brother Tobias
Franciscan Friar, Worcestershire



"I wear a white poppy because I oppose war, imperialism and colonialism and I support the whole working class, not only soldiers."

Dylan Dunnett
Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, Birmingham

You can find out more about white poppies, read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about them, find a local white poppy outlet or order them online from the Peace Pledge Union.