Lynne Frith writes from Aotearoa …
This Sunday 4 August, the Sunday nearest Hiroshima Day, is observed as Peace Sunday by many churches in Aotearoa. I will be distributing white poppies made available by Peace Movement Aotearoa in exchange for a donation towards their annual Peace Scholarship.(For more inofrmation about the scholarship and the hisotry of the white poppy see www.whitepoppies.org.nz) Another time of commemoration is April — near ANZAC day. Two peace scholarships are given each year to assist with research into the impacts of militarism, militarisation and warfare; alternatives to militarism, militarisation and warfare; or collective non-violent responses to state violence. One is for a Maori or Moriori student, with the other open to any student with New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.
I wrote the following song for the children to sing after I explain the significance of the poppies. It goes to the tune ‘Light One Candle’, found in the hymnbook ‘Together in Song’.
Wear a poppy for peace;
One white poppy for peace.
Let there be peace in every heart.
The third line could be changed to add as many extra verses as you want. E.g …peace in every life;…peace throughout the world.