1914 - 2014 Red Poppy - White Poppy
I recently received this e-mail:
Dear Sir / Madam
Before rushing to rash judgement, a little investigation of the history of the white poppy may be in order. Please read this short piece and perhaps follow some of the links there-from.
Dear Sir / Madam
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
I have contacted you to invite you to take part in the commemoration of the start of the War, and at the same time remembering the tremendous loss of life, including many local people, who perished as a result of it. The Government are organising a number of events to mark the start of the conflict but I was hoping that the residents of East Lindsey could unite in our own tribute.
The idea for this came from my 14 year old niece, Molly, whilst we were discussing the war and the fact that her Great Great Grandfather was killed in the war, only a month before it finished.
Her idea is that we encourage, through contacting Parish Councils within East Lindsey, to plant pots of red poppies at the entrance to Churches, Village Halls, Local Businesses and even ask that residents take part. With the support of Parish Councils we feel we could almost "turn East Lindsey red". I am contacting all Town and Parish Councils within East Lindsey to ask them to take on this project within their community, by publicising it with local information and maybe even by providing a quantity of poppy seeds for local residents. I am proud that Molly feels strong enough about her Great Great Grandfather that she wants to be involved in remembering him in this way.
The poppy seeds would need to be planted in the Spring to flower in July and August. The official date the War started was
28th July 1914. Obviously we chose the red poppy because of
its link with remembering the war dead, and thought that this would be a
relatively simple and inexpensive way for people to be able to take part. We are contacting local press, radio and
television in the hope that their support will advertise what we are hoping to
achieve. I am sure that everyone has a
distant relative who was involved in the First World War, and feel that this
would be a good way of showing that they may have paid the ultimate sacrifice,
but they will never be forgotten.
It seems to me a splendid idea. My grandfather, Major W. F. Vernon, played his part in the First World War and, in peacetime, was a keen gardener. I'm sure he would have approved. I'm also sure he would have liked it better still if white poppies were to be sown amongst the red, symbolising both our remembrance of past horrors and determination that never again will they be repeated.