Did you know there’s a correct way to wear your poppy for Remembrance Day? 140



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In the lead up to Remembrance Day next week, some 200,000 red poppy pins will be sold, raising vital funds for veterans and serving member support services.

But Starts at 60’s style editor has been alerted that the vast majority of people on the streets are wearing their poppy’s the wrong way. According to a British Facebook user, there is a correct and more respectful way to wear the poppy.

Karen Lowton shared this story:

A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine – while doing so he told me that women should wear their poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o‘clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended. He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them.

I’m really pleased to have learnt some things today that I didn’t know before, although must admit I’ve spent a rather obsessive afternoon wanting to rearrange quite a few strangers’ poppies…

A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine – while doing so he told me…

Posted by Karen Lowton on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The British newspaper The Telegraph offered this advice for the question of which side one should wear a poppy.

“Some people say left, so it is worn over the heart. Others say only the Queen and Royal Family are allowed to wear a poppy on the right, which is an urban myth. Then there is the argument that men should wear it on the left and women on the right, as is the traditional custom with a badge or brooch.

“But a Royal British Legion spokesman said there is no right or wrong side, ‘other than to wear it with pride’.”

Are you wearing a poppy today? Which side will you wear it on? 



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  1. I still wear rosemary for remembrance on that day. My middle name is Rosemary as I was born on Remembrance Day. When I was young I thought it was corny but now I’m very proud to have been named for the day. Who else still wears rosemary?

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  2. I’m glad that military people have a certain position and significance when the wear their poppies, but I wouldn’t encourage anyone to tell people they are doing the wrong thing after they have donated to this worthy cause. Not necessary.

  3. Well I think the leaf part has to be at 11 , to signify the end of ww1, there is a different side for men and women wear on the right , the significance of red is for blood , black inside for mourning and loss , then green for the future . I deeply respect the significance of the poppy . I was lucky enough to purchase one from the installation at the Tower of London . I had an uncle I never knew who was killed just before armistice day and my purchase is to honour him

  4. If you check on Google, it says it doesn’t matter which side you wear a poppy. Traditionally it’s worn on the left over your heart for either men or women.

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    • Google doesn’t. know everything, I would prefer to take notice if this returned soldier who has first hand knowledge.

  5. In Australia the protocol is “wear it with pride”. Our poppies don’t have leaves or stems, and I think the 200,000 is a gross understatement…..more like 2,000,000 plus……..:)

  6. Just wear it. The poppy is symbolic and does not need protocol to inform us what the wearer is thinking.

  7. Oh come on, as long as you wear it does it matter those dead heroes would not care

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    • I think you statement is disrespectful and should be remove and to say dead heroes wouldnt care is not the point is it ? My late father was a vet and then returned after the war to join the Commonwealth forces so I am sure if he read a comment like that he would not be to happy as I am sure many others would be the same.

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