Veterans Voices

I feel that a white poppy for civilians and a red poppy for veterans to commemorate those who died during war is appropriate, and should not be considered “disrespectful” and offensive to Veterans. I think the white poppy is fitting for Remembrance Day, as the civilian casualties are as great a loss as those of the military personnel.
– Korean War Veteran David Laskey

  • Thank you very much for the information on your website, especially for the PDF files that enable people like members of my family to print the white poppy image ourselves and make our own buttons.
  • As a veteran, I’m a strong proponent of the principles and call to action that the White Poppy campaign represents.  I applaud your efforts to get the word out to the public at large.  Keep up the great work!
  • As a veteran of the First Gulf War and fifteen years in the Canadian Armed Forces, I was happy to discover the White Poppy Movement.  It touched me on a couple of levels.
    First, it put me in mind of another white flower movement that was begun to oppose a militaristic government, and whose motivations were peaceful relations between all peoples.  They used nonviolent ways to spread their message of peace. As a military veteran and a student of history the red poppy is also very important to me.  It reminds me of the brothers and sisters in arms who gave their lives so that others could have peace.  This is why I will proudly wear the white poppy of peace beside the red poppy of remembrance:  to honour and remember those whose sacrifice helped to ensure my freedom to write this little note about peace.
  • I am a 95 year old veteran, who served in the Canadian Forces for almost 30 years, in 3 theaters of war…and with the UN in Korea. I wore the white poppy this year beside the respected red poppy because I wanted to honour non-military casualties, as well as the military casualties. As we have discovered, modern warfare is TOTAL. It makes no distinction between civilian and military. Weapons of destruction now target civilians every bit as much, if not more so than military formations and installations. It is time for all of us, including The Royal Canadian Legion to recognize this.
    – WWII Veteran Lieut. Colonel Woodrow Coward