The Red, the White and the Purple

I do not want to upset anyone but as we draw near to Rememberance Day I just wanted to share my feelings on the poppies we wear.

There are more than one, these days, the red to remember the dead, the white for peace. To remember the conscientious objector. During WW1 and WW2 many thought these men were cowards. I do feel they were brave enough to stand up for their beliefs. Many were tried and shot for not taking up arms. Many spent the war as medics and stretcher bearers unarmed or in the mines.

What ever you think, the wars killed them irrespective of their principles. I respect the Red and the White.

The Red and the White.



Both were brave

Each had their own

Principles to up

Hold. Neither less than bold.

One would carry a weapon

The other a stretcher, no gun

Both men died for their own held beliefs

They were both lost and that loss brought much grief.


Then there is the Purple Poppy in remembrance of all the animals who died in service during conflicts.

They pulled the gun carriages until they dropped

They carried messages and they got shot.

They search out the unexploded mines

They save lives a thousand times.

Spare a thought for the horse, pigeon, donkey dog and many more

Remember them, they all help us in times of war.

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jordan
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:00:52

    Glorious words, thoughts and images, Willow. Blessings to all people and animals who were lost. ❤️🙏


  2. Sue Vincent
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:21:09

    War tears apart all the lives it touches, whether they bear arms, or wait and watch at home. Remebrance should include them all. xx


  3. pensitivity101
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:31:24

    I didn’t know the significance of the purple poppies Willow. Thank you.
    Hubby and I buy a red one every year, and attend the outdoor Remembrance Service. It’s even more speical this year being the centenary of the end of WW1. There is to be a picture painted in the sand on Sunday which will be washed away with the tide in remembrance of those who died, then everyone will come up to the Memorial in the High Street for the service.


  4. Ritu
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:13:26

    So poignant sis 💜


  5. Lynz Real Cooking
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 18:06:47

    Yes for sure


  6. Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog)
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 18:17:07

    Beautiful post, Willow! My girl and I watched War Horse again at the weekend and cried again – but I had no idea that the purple poppy had a significance for the animals. Respect should be shown for all those who died in and also those who lived through the war. I remember as a child being unable to understand why my Great Grandma hated the enemy so strongly….now I have some understanding of the horrors she lived through during 2 wars and the number of family and friends she lost. I hope that if she was still alive and able to see many of the young enemy soldiers that she would see they too were just young men sent out to fight for their country. I was so moved when I when visited the war graves in France and am with you in your strength of feeling, C x


    • willowdot21
      Nov 06, 2018 @ 18:57:36

      Thank you Claire, I do feel very strongly about this. As you say everyone who fought in , lived through and died during the first and second world wars deserves respect and gratitude.
      Whether or not they carried a weapon they defended our country. I am astounded how many were executed for refusing to fight. The poor animals who died terrible death. Young men who return from modern theatres of war mentally ill. Many end up homeless and destitute because they cannot cope… No one helps them. Sadly more are committing suicide. Sadly nothing has changed much since the Ist and 2nd wars…it was as bad for those that returned then. I must go on sorry.
      Hubby is off to the Cenotaph in London he is a Marshall at the Rememberance Parade, doing security and directing the old chaps and chapesses to the right colums . I have never been brave enough to watch War Horse is it good. Sending hugs 💜💜💜


  7. noelleg44
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 20:30:35

    I had to learn the poem about the poppy fields when I was in grammar school. War touches everyone in different ways – maybe my family more than most because of my son. Humans are so bellicose. Thanks for reminding us about the purple poppies!


    • willowdot21
      Nov 06, 2018 @ 21:09:03

      Thank you Noelle you are so right, human are bellicose and sadly they never learn. I am sorry to ask have you lost a son to conflict. I am so very sorry if you have. We are all touched by war. I pray one day there will be peace.💜💜😁


    • willowdot21
      Nov 06, 2018 @ 21:09:56

      I am sorry that silly smiling emoji was not meant to be there ! 💜💜


  8. ellenbest24
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 20:43:00

    Lest we dare to forget. Remembering may stop anyone inflicting a third world war on this our precious earth. Nice post and poetry.


  9. Miriam Hurdle
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 03:46:06

    I get every emotional about this, Willow. My brother-in-law was in special force stationed in Iraq. When he retired and came home, his replacement got killed within a week. It was shocking to us. I was a rehabilitation counselor, one client fought in Vietnam War. He said every time he closed his eyes, he saw his buddy dead lying next to him. I know many war heroes, alive or gone. Your line “They pulled the gun carriages until they dropped” hit the nerves on my spine. I can’t imagine what it was like being in the midst of war.
    Thank you for the post, Willow!


  10. Jean Reinhardt
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 21:27:27

    Lovely, sincere post. My grandfather and his two brothers were sentenced to hard labour in the first world war because they were concientious objectors. Two of them were teenagers. My husband’s great-uncle was gassed in the trenches in the same war and died at the age of twenty. I feel the same way as you do about all three colours.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 07, 2018 @ 21:39:16

      Thank you Jean for telling me this. Apart from me I think you are the first person to actually say ‘conscientious objectors’ …so many brave souls, human and non human wasted …and still it goes on, why? …God bless them all.💜💜💜💜


  11. Betty Hayes Albright
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 01:21:11

    Thank you for this post, Willow! A poignant reminder. ❤️❤️🥀🌼💮


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