The red poppy as we all know is a symbol of remembrance for those who have died or suffered during various wars. It includes families and friends of service personnel and the Cenotaph ceremony will also include representatives from the Merchant Navy, Fire Service and Fishing Fleets. I'm not sure if there has ever been representative from Germany but expect that one would be welcome (as would Argentine and Iraqi representatives in time). In short its not just for military remembrance. The money raised by poppy sales goes towards those who have been effected in some way by war. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/rem...MIi8TTzZKx1wIVK7HtCh1OdgXkEAAYASAAEgKQnfD_BwE The White poppy is not as recent as many people think, it was set up in the 1930s by the mothers/daughters/wives of fallen servicemen. Its meant to represent peace and the hope that a major war doesn't happen again. But I believe and disappointed that the money raised doesn't go to help those in need but to promote the poppy (but would be happy to be proved wrong). I also fear that its true meaning might have been hijacked by political groups. http://www.ppu.org.uk/whitepoppy/index.html I shall wear a red poppy but if people want to wear a white one as a symbol of peace thats fine by me provided its not worn as a conflicting and political statement (which is pretty much the view of the British Legion). However I would like to see the money raised go towards civilian victims of war and the sale of such poppies at a different time in the year. There was also a purple poppy for animal suffering in the war (something I have no qualms about supporting). But with respect to the poppy symbol this was changed to a purple paw and made an all year round symbol. A good and considerate move. https://www.animalaidshop.org.uk/accessories/the-purple-poppy Who will wear a red/white/purple poppy(paw), or all three and why?