Remembrance Sunday 2019: How should you wear a poppy?

The red poppy is the most popular flower to wear during Remembrance Day because it grows wild in many fields in northern France and Belgium.

These areas were where some of the heaviest and deadliest battles during the First World War took place and therefore are the locations of many soldiers’ deaths.

Poppies are tough flowers and can grow anywhere, but they are also delicate – which some believe makes them a fitting tribute to those who have departed.

Remembrance Day 2019: Poppies
Remembrance Day 2019: Poppies grew in several fields where soldiers were killed during WWI (Image: GETTY)

The Royal British Legion is one of the chief charities associated with Remembrance Sunday. 

The charity says the red poppy is an emblem of remembrance and hope and stresses it is not “blood” red or a sign of support for war and death. 

The charity adds that the poppy should also not be seen as a symbol of religion or politics, but instead is a way to show support for the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

But how should you wear a poppy?

Remembrance Day 2019: Royals and poppies
Remembrance Day 2019: The poppy is worn as an emblem of remembrance and hope (Image: GETTY)

According to the British Legion, there is no “correct” way to wear a poppy.

But it is actually a personal choice.

The charity’s website said: “The best way to wear a poppy is simply with pride.”

However, some believe certain conventions about how to wear a poppy exist to more aptly pay homage to troops.


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