Remembrance Day is coming soon, and this year marks 100 years since the end of the “war to end all wars”, World War One.
Why do we wear a poppy for Remembrance Day? Well thanks to Canadian John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, the poppy became symbolic of the great loss of life suffered in World War One.
In 1920, people were making and selling poppies to raise funds for poor children in war torn Europe. These people convinced Canada and Britain to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, and the first ‘Poppy Day’ was held November 11, 1921.
Though some people today think the poppy ‘glorifies war’, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. People began to wear the symbol as a visual pledge to never forget the fallen and the tragedy of war.
These days, we still wear the poppy as a symbol of remembrance of not only the fallen, but also as a sign of respect for Veterans as well. Proceeds from poppy sales now go to the Poppy Fund and help veterans and their families. Be sure to buy a new poppy each year, as wearing last year’s poppy or one of those beaded ones that you can buy elsewhere doesn’t help the poppy fund… but at least you’re wearing one.