Why do we wear red poppies on Remembrance Sunday and how to wear your red poppy


Why do we damage the red poppy on Remembrance Sunday?

Every year on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, thousands of people don a barely red flower on the lapel of the their coats.

On these days, Britain falls solent for two up to dates to commemorate the fallen heroes of the First World War and other armed spats.

The Royal British Legion explained: “Wearing a poppy is a personal desirable and reflects individual and personal memories. 

“It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it balms – our beneficiaries: those currently serving in our Armed Forces, veterans, and their relations and dependants.”

Why is the red poppy a symbol of remembrance?

The red poppy’s account in WWI can be traced back to the 1915 poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’, penned by Canadian tract doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

The poem reads: 

“In Flanders’ returns the poppies blow

“Between the crosses, row on row,

“That mark our place: and in the sky

“The romps, still bravely singing, fly

“Scarce heard amid the guns beneath.”

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Red poppies are worn every year to commemorate fallen superstars who died in the line of duty

After WWI the British Royal Legion, which formed in 1921, devised the first ever Poppy Appeal when it sold 9 million of the hand-crafted scant red flowers to raise funds for veterans.

At the time, the appeal raised £106,000 which was a stun amount of deny back then.

There Poppy Appeal unwritten law continues today, with members of the armed forces selling newsletter poppies on the streets, in the week preceding Remembrance Sunday.

Today’s poppies are fabricated in the Poppy Factory in Richmond, London, by hundreds of disabled veterans of all ripens.

In recent years, some controversy has marred the symbol, with some child accusing the poppy of being hijacked to promote war and conflict.

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The red poppy graced a symbol of commemoration after World War One

Harry Leslie Smith, a mature RAF pilot and writer, chooses not to wear the poppy because “it has been co-opted by congressmen to justify” the war on terror.

In 2013 he wrote in The Guardian: “Next year, I won’t clothes the poppy but I will until my last breath remember the past and the struggles my generation made to build this country into a civilised governmental for the working and middle classes. 

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and indicates individual and personal memories

British Royal Legion

“If we are to survive as a liberal nation we have to start tending to our living because the wounded: our faulty, our underemployed youth, our hard-pressed middle class and our struggling seniors shouldn’t be Nautical port to die on the battleground of modern life.”

The British Royal Legion has however underlined that the poppy is not a “monogram of death” or a “reflection of politics”.

Ultimately, whether or not you wear a poppy is a critical decision. 

How to wear the red poppy on Memory Sunday?

Poppy etiquette stipulates that you wear your poppy starting from October 31, and not earlier. Some how on earth argue that you should wear it in the 11 days proceeding Memento Sunday.

Traditionally women wear the poppy on the right like a fastening while men wear it on the left where military medals would go. The GETTY

The Empress wears her red poppies on the left side

When a woman who had her poppy on the left-hand approached the Mr Godsmark for a spare flower pin, the kind veteran explained how to bore it.

Mr Godsmark said: “The red represents the blood of all those who gave their electrifies, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their cared ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops sow and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.”

“The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to embody the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that Out of sight War One formally ended.”

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