The Story of the Poppy

The Story of the Poppy

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now-famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.

What The Poppy Means

The poppy is

A symbol of Remembrance and hope

Worn by millions of people 

Red because of the natural colour of field poppies 

The poppy is NOT

A symbol of death or a sign of support for war 

A reflection of politics or religion 

Red to reflect the colour of blood

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and reflects individual and personal memories. It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it helps –  those currently serving in our Armed Forces, veterans, and their families and dependants


The Two Minute Silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War


Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.


Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture, and heritage. It becomes a particular feature of the public calendar each year when public, private, formal and informal Remembrance events take place throughout the UK.


There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. They take many forms, including cenotaphs, plaques, gardens, and books.


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