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White feathers and poppies in the UK :

the symbols of WWI


1. White feathers

a. Definition

b.During World War I

c. Document

d. After World War I

6. Poppies

a. Definition

b. During World War I

c. Document

d. After World War I

White feather :

Propaganda symbol
Cowardice and pacifism
The Order of the White feather

White feather

Roland Gwynne received the Distinguished Service Order for bravery

The pacifist Fenner Brockway received a lot of white feathers

After wwi:


Symbol of the WWI

The story of how the poppy ended up on millions of lapels begins in the fields where the war was fought.

Lieutenant Alexis Helmera, 22-year-old officer in the Canadian army, was killed in Belgium.

inspired by Helmer’s death to write the now famous poem In Flanders Fields

During the wORLD WAR I

Published in a London magazine in December of 1915, it proved extremely popular, with its three short stanzas glorifying the war dead, beginning with an invocation of the image of those flowers:

After WWI


  1. Guérin traveled the world for her mission, persuading leaders in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Britain to adopt the flowers as a symbol of remembrance.
  2. In 1922, Major George Howson founded the Disabled Society – soon renamed the Poppy Factory – to employ wounded and disabled veterans to make the poppies.
  3. November 11 had already become a day of remembrance in the U.K. in 1919
  4. In the U.K., the Royal British Legion distributes around 45 million poppies each year.


With all that we have been able to see during all this presentation, we can say that Poppies but also White feathers are two symbol of the WWII but more precisely poppies are the symbol of the respect accord to the soldiers who died during the war and white feathers symbolize what cowardly soldier and people received during the war.



Wikipédia "White feathers'
www.iwm.org Why We Wear Poppies On Remembrance Day
smithsonianmag.com How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I