The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day. But how did the distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars? Scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers. In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe\’s heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields. The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields.
The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.
WITH Remembrance Sunday almost upon us, Britain is preparing to pay its respects to those who have fought for the country. For decades, but how did this tradition start and why exactly do we do it? Throughout November, Brits will be paying their respects by wearing poppies When should you wear a poppy? Although, the Poppy Appeal takes place through the whole of November. This year, Remembrance Sunday takes place today (Sunday, November 12), when the Cenotaph Service takes places at Whitehall in London.
Manyб people start wearing poppies on October 31 – some 12 days before Remembrance Day. Others believe they shouldn t be worn until after on November 5. Why do we wear a poppy? The story of why we wear poppies dates back to the First World War. In 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae lost his friend in the battle of Ypres. As he was grieving the loss of comrade Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, he spotted scores of poppies growing in the battle-torn fields. This poignant sight inspired him to write In Flanders Fields, one of the most famous war poems of all time. Following the, the poppy was then adopted as a symbol of remembrance. In 1921, the first ever Poppy Appeal distributed nine million poppies, raising бе106,000.
Contrary to popular belief, the poppy isnБt a symbol of death or support for war or a political or religious statement. The British Legion describes the poppy as a Бsymbol of remembrance and hopeБ. Where can I get a poppy? Members of the public can get a traditional paper poppy by making a donation to the British Legion. Licensed volunteers handing out poppies and taking donations can be found at transport hubs, shopping centres and other busy places in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday. But a range of poppy items are also available online for those who canБt access a collector Б or who are after something a little different. The Legion sells a range of different badges and broaches, along with wreaths and other poppy merchandise.