This Year Wear a White Poppy...
We can provide White Peace Poppies in Canada. Do take a look at our Buy or Make Poppies page on depots around Vancouver and how to make your own
In 2017, we are once again offering subsidized poppies for use in elementary and secondary school classrooms. This is made possible by generous supporters. Teachers also helped us assemble classroom materials. More about white poppies in schools ...
On Remembrance Day About 180 people joined us (despite the rain) in Vancouver at Seaforth Peace Park Saturday Nov 11 at 2:30 pm for
Let Peace be Their Memorial
Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War
a wreath laying ceremony commemorating civilian victims of war and conflict.
This free, public, city sanctioned event was again co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies and the BC Humanist Association at the south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park (Burrard @ 1st Ave) from 2:30 to 3:45pm on Remembrance Day.
Afterwards, the beautiful wreaths were moved to two outdoor locations until Thursday November 16:
Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace 1825 16th Ave W. (near Burrard) (Refugees, Women, Conscientious Objectors, Medical Aid, Peace Philosophy Centre, Afghanistan, ALPHA/Nanking, Syria, Parks Board)
and to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver 949 West 49th Ave (at Oak) (Yemen, Vancouver Save Article 9, Peace Advocates, Environment, Palestine, Peace, Education, PTSD, Child Soldiers, Indigenous). The Child Soldier wreath was laid by Fazineh Keita, former child soldier from the Sierra Leone civil war. See InnocenceLostFoundation.com for their Nov 17 fundraising concert at St James Community Centre.
See our Google Photos album of the 2017 event.
Check our Press page for some details of the event.
Click to view the 2016 highlights on YouTube (6m)
Thu. Nov. 9th - Evening of Peace Songs and Poetry
at Notional Space ,
1523 East Pender (near Commercial) Door 7:30 pm. Concert 8 pm.
Featuring the Left Coast Labour Chorus; Re:Sisters; Jim Edmondson & Madeleine DeLittle; Ruth Walmsley and Friends, Bill Hood & Georgina Arntzen; plus poets Christopher Levenson, Leslie Timmins, Ken Klonskey and others.
Book Tour Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars by William (Bill) Geimer.
Saturday July 15 6:30pm at People’s Co-Op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.
As a veteran of the US 82nd Airborne Division and through his work as a lawyer and law professor emeritus, Bill presents a compelling case that Canada can end its fealty to powerful patrons like the UK and the US and instead make a more valuable contribution to international relations.
Available in Victoria from the author, Monroe Books and Chapters; in Vancouver from People's Co-op Bookstore
last year Friday Nov 11 at 2:30 150 people joined us in Vancouver for
Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War
a solemn ceremony in which wreaths were laid to commemorate civilian victims of war and conflict.
This free, public, city sanctioned event was co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies
and the BC Humanist Association at the
south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park (Burrard @ 1st Ave) from 2:30 to 3:45pm on Remembrance Day.
More details in 2016 poster (PDF 86k).
"Universal" Wreaths were laid for • Children Killed, Injured or Orphaned by War • Conscientious Objectors & War Resisters • Medical & Aid Workers Killed While Helping Others • Child Soldiers • Refugees Fleeing Conflict • PTSD Sufferers Civilian and Military • Women Raped and Victimized in Wartime • Lost Potential From Education Disrupted by War • The Environmental Devastation Caused by War • Peace.
A bit later wreaths were laid in remembrance of particular conflicts: • WWII in Asia • Atomic Bombings in Japan • Syria. Wreaths were also laid by • Vancouver Parks Board Commisioner Catherine Evans • Member of Parliament Don Davies.
After the ceremony, the wreaths were on display outside the Unitarian Church of Vancouver
For more photos see • PeacePoppies on Google , • BC ALPHA blog .
press conference November 2, 2012
On Friday November 2 at 10:30am we held a campaign launch and press conference at Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery. Veterans Woodrow Coward and David Laskey spoke about the importance of remembering all victims of war. We unveiled a pair of wreaths with white and red poppies to illustrate the relative count of civilians and military victims in modern wars, and also talked about the environmental impact of war.
See Nov.11 2012 video of Bill Geimer " Pre-Dawn Commemoration of Military and Civilian Deaths" in Victoria on Pasifik.ca (4m30s on YouTube), alongside many videos of important social justice events.
Read Nov.01 2012 article about White Poppies in Vancouver in Courier OnLine
Read Nov.09 2012 article about White Poppies in Canada in vancouver.24hrs.ca by Kendall Walters. Published in many community papers across Canada.
We started wearing handmade white poppies several years ago.
For us, wearing both red and white poppies is a way of saying
"Remember the fallen, including civilians, and work for peace".
We have had many meaningful conversations with strangers that started with "What's the white poppy for?".
In 1934 the first campaign to distribute white poppies for peace was launched. 79 years later, the world has seen over 300 wars, and the killing of more than 200 million people. Let's work to make peace their memorial.