Poppy Event to Remember… What do the different colour poppies represent?

Volunteer Christina has written a blog about our Ninewells Remembers Event on 11th November 2021

Within the garden you will find many colours of poppies in many guises. They are all for remembrance, but have you ever wondered what are the different groups each colour represents? Read on and you will find out.

So in the garden you will firstly obviously find red poppies. The red poppy is probably the one most people is aware of, it represents those members of the armed services who have served and died during the two world wars and conflicts since. The red of the poppy is said to represent the blood of the fallen and the black centre their loved ones left behind to mourn.

In the garden you will also find Black poppies. These are to remind us that among those who served were many from other ethnic minority groups especially many from countries now known as Commonwealth Countries.

There are also purple poppies within the garden. They represent the animals who served during conflicts including horses, made famous with the story of War Horse, but there were also dogs, cats and homing pigeons.

You will also find white poppies within the garden. They represent Conscientious Objectors and War Resistors, as well as Peace. Dundee had a large number of COs in WW1 and said to be “houtchie with conchies”.

You will find golden poppies within the garden they celebrate the 100th anniversary this year of the founding of the Royal British Legion. It is an organisation which was set up to assist veterans who had return from WW1 and their families, it still exists and does the same job today.

These are recognised colours but we have added in our event blue poppies. These are our own invention but because of our close links with Ninewells and the staff there we have added Blue Poppies to represent the members of the NHS and other key workers who have been on the “frontline” in the recent pandemic, some of whom have tragically lost their lives.

We will remember them

Words and Photos by Christina Howie

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