Joint red and white poppy ceremony in Aberystwyth hailed a success

From Cambrian News:

Aberystwyth’s first joint red and white poppy ceremony has been hailed a success afte­r the chairman of the town’s Royal British Legion praised the number of people who paid their respects at the event.

After disagreements in the past over whether a white poppy wreath, used to symbolise a des­ire for peace, should be laid at the war mem­orial alongside the traditional red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who lost their lives, an agreement was reached to have a joint ceremony. It is believed it is the first such joint ceremony in the UK.

Sean Langton, the chairman of the Aberystwyth branch of the British Legion, said he hoped the agreement would continue in future years and said he was impressed by the level of support from the public for the Remembrance Parade and poppy ceremony.

He said: “We had a great turnout and for a small town to get such a good turnout was great. We hope that there will be a joint ceremony in the future.

“For me, what is important is that we all get a chance to remember and pay tribute to people as we want to. If people wish to wear the white poppy that is their choice. The red poppy isn’t a symbol of war, and I do think that is misunderstood by some people.”

He added: “I hope we do continue the joint ceremony, as last year’s event with all of the media attention takes away from what the day is about, which is remembrance.”

As part of the joint ceremony, five white poppy wreaths were laid by Aberystwyth Town Council, Aberystwyth Peace and Justice Network, Côr Gobaith, Aberystwyth Quakers, and Borth and Aberystwyth Women in Black, as well as a purple wreath from Animal Aid.

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