White Poppy Wreath Laying

White Poppy Wreath Laying

Several Friends from Bury St Edmunds Quaker Meeting laid a white poppy wreath at the war memorial on Angel Hill at 3pm on Sunday 13th November. The inscription read:

“In remembrance of soldiers and civilians of all nations who have been victims of war. May we all work hard for peace.”


There was a short silent vigil, followed by the reading of some quotations on the theme of peace.


White poppies have been distributed by the Peace Pledge Union since the 1930’s. With the rising domestic and international tensions at the time, concern grew that the war to end all wars would be followed by an even worse war. The white poppy was an expression of this concern, particularly for women – many of whom were mothers, sisters, widows and sweethearts of men who died or were injured, or of men imprisoned for conscientiously refusing to participate in the 1914-18 war.

The white poppy is a reminder of our inability to settle conflicts without resort to killing, but, more importantly, it is a symbol of commitment to work for a wold where conflicts are resolved without violence and with justice.

White poppies are on sale at Bury St Edmunds Quaker Meeting House, St John’s Street

The vigil was written up in the East Anglian Daily Times of 15 November 2016:


Some Peace Quotes

“I told them I lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars … I told them I was come into the covenant of peace which was before wars and strife were”
George Fox 1651 (Quaker Faith & Practice)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”
Matthew, Ch. V verse 9

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies”
Desmond Tutu

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace”
Nelson Mandela

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”
Dalai Lama

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace”

“Peace begins with a smile”
Mother Teresa

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”
Jimi Hendrix

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace”
Martin Luther

“Far more unites us than divides us”
Jo Cox MP (1974-2016)

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding”
Albert Einstein

“Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace”
Leo Tolstoy

“I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war”
Joan Baez

“… peace lies in the hearts and minds of all people”
John F Kennedy

“All we are saying is give peace a chance”
John Lennon

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner”
Nelson Mandela

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend”
Martin Luther King Jr

“There is no path to peace. Peace is the path”
Mahatma Gandhi

“If there is to be peace in the world
There must be peace in the nations;
If there is to be peace in the nations
There must be peace in the cities;
If there is to be peace in the cities
There must be peace between neighbours;
If there is to be peace between neighbours
There must be peace in the home;
If there is to be peace in the home
There must be peace in the heart”
Lao Tzu

“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe”
International Prayer for Peace

“Those who are closest to Allah’s heart are those who walk gently on the earth and when the ignorant address them as ‘fool’, they reply ‘peace’”
Muslim prayer

“We pray for ‘all those to have established and are maintaining the right to refuse to kill’”
Memorial for Conscientious Objectors

“…And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others: then he goes indeed to the highest Path”
The Bhagavad Gita

“When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul”
Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Triumph over discord, may generosity triumph over niggardliness, may love triumph over contempt, may truth triumph over falsehood”
Zoroastrian prayer

“Have contentment in your mind and compassion towards all beings”
Sikh prayer

“The humble, meek, merciful, just, pious and devout souls everywhere are of one religion and when death has taken off the mask, they will know one another, though the diverse liveries they wore here make them strangers”
William Penn 1693 (Quaker Faith & Practice)