Why was the poppy chosen as a symbol of remembrance?

Poppies are worn every November to commemorate those who have died in conflict (Photo: Getty Images)

Remembrance Day is celebrated through the UK November 11 each year.

At 11 a.m., a two-minute silence is observed across the country as Britons remember those who have died in any conflict.

Throughout November, until Remembrance Sunday (the Sunday closest to the 11th), people are pinning poppies to their clothing, to honor those commemorated on Remembrance Day.

But why was the poppy chosen as a symbol of remembrance?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Why was the poppy chosen as the symbol of Remembrance?


Remembrance poppy wreath with a thank you message inside on a brick wall in London, UK.
Poppies are a symbol of remembrance (Photo: Getty Images)

The reason we use poppies to remember those who died in conflict is because they were the flowers that grew on the battlefields after the end of the First World War.

The landscapes of Western Europe, where much fighting took place, were destroyed by bombs and fighting, but thousands of poppies managed to thrive among the destruction.

The famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields describes poppies growing between the crosses that marked those who died fighting for their country.

November 11, 1918 was the day the First World War ended and Remembrance Day began to remember those who died in that conflict.

However, it has now become a day to honor those who died in any conflict across the world.

What is the money spent on buying poppies used for?

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Money from every poppy purchased by a member of the public goes to Royal British Legionwho use the money to help service members whose lives have been affected by the conflicts in which they have fought.

It helps veterans find jobs, housing and provides them with any other support they may need.

It also helps those who have lost loved ones in conflict.

When was the Royal British Legion founded?


Royal British Legion Ambassador Ross Kemp and members of the armed forces
Money raised from poppy sales is used to help those who have served in the armed forces (Picture: PA)

The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 and the first poppies were made from silk instead of paper.

The poppies sold out immediately and £106,000 was raised to help those whose lives had been affected by the war.

The following year, a factory was established where maimed ex-soldiers were employed to make the poppies.

The factory is still in operation and produces millions of poppies each year.

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James V. Hayes