In Edinburgh, there are a number of places which are distributing white poppies this year, including:
- The Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre – in the basement of the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, but you can get your poppies from the reception desk of the church/Well Cafe at 25 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
- Quaker Meeting House – 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL
- Edinburgh Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge EH1 1EG
- One World Shop – underneath St. John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ
- St Patrick’s Church Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh – 5 South Gray’s Close, 40 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TQ
- Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
- St. Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2DP
- The New Leaf Co-op – 23 Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JJ
- Protest in Harmony – Rona Gray (email@example.com), Portobello/ East Lothian, Edinburgh, EH33 1RW
- Edinburgh University Student’ Association – Potterow, 5/2 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL
White Poppies are worn in the run-up to Remembrance Day every year by thousands of people in the UK and beyond. There are three elements to the meaning of White Poppies:
1. Remember: White Poppies recall all victims of all wars, including victims of wars that are still being fought. This includes people of all nationalities. It includes both civilians and members of armed forces. Today, over 90% of people killed in warfare are civilians.
2. Stand up for peace: White Poppies symbolise the conviction that there are better ways to resolve conflict than through the use of violence. They embody values that reject killing fellow human beings for whatever reason.
3. Challenge Militarism; A message originally associated with Remembrance Day, after the first world war, was “never again”. This message slipped away. In response, White Poppies were developed in 1933 by the Co-operative Women’s Guild to affirm the message of “no more war”.
If you would be interested in distributing white poppies in the future for the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, please email us.
For more information on White Poppies, visit the Peace Pledge Union website.