Henley Quakers distribute white poppies for peace
On Saturday 23 October Henley Quakers distributed white poppies in the market square. They explained to passers-by the significance of the white poppy. It’s a symbol established after the first world war by women wanting to see an end to war. Nowadays the white poppy represents a commitment to peace, and stands for remembrance of all victims of all wars. This includes wars still being fought. It includes victims of all nationalities. It includes both civilians and members of armed forces. We chose a Saturday when the town would be busy, close to remembrance Sunday, but not during the time when red poppies are being sold: red and white poppies are not in competition.