In 1934, a group of mothers in England who had lost their husbands, brothers, friends and sons to war joined together to make a pledge for peace.
The result was the White Poppy Campaign. Eighty years later, white poppies for peace are still worn in Canada, New Zealand and the UK in advance of Remembrance Day.
The white poppy, a small cloth pin to wear on a coat or jacket, is intended to remember all victims of war, to call for dialogue and to show commitment towards building a culture of peace. Look for it outside the Kootenay Coop on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The local sponsor is KAIROS, an ecumenical church group initiative for peace, environmental justice and human rights in Canada and the world. For further information, call 250-352-9871.