Here at catalyst2, we are extremely proud to provide managed hosting to the Royal British Legion, who are committed to honouring those who fought and died to give us the freedoms that we can enjoy today. With Remembrance Day on the horizon, we wanted to share a little bit of information with you about the tradition of poppy wearing, and why we’ll be having ours pinned in place ready for 11th November.
Why do we wear poppies?
During the First World War, the fields of battle were torn apart by the sheer number of soldiers and the unfortunate events that unfolded upon them, leaving the land devoid of any life and entirely bare. In the spring of 1915, completely unexpectedly, bright red poppies began sprouting around the bodies of the fallen soldiers, turning the wastelands into beautiful landmarks that represented the many lives that were lost where they bloomed. The poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae became a memorial to those who lost their lives, and the poppy emerged as a symbol of remembrance. The formation of the Poppy Appeal began in 1921. In 1933, the Women’s Co-operative Guild introduced the white poppy as a symbol of lasting peace.
How should a poppy be worn?
Despite many discussions about the ‘correct’ way to wear a poppy, there is no right answer. Some argue it must be worn on a certain side, with the flower pointing to the eleventh hour, and that etiquette suggests it should be worn for the 11 days preceding Remembrance Day. The British Legion has dispelled these rumours, pointing out that the only way to wear a poppy is with pride, and that placement does not affect the grand gesture of its presence.
If you, like us, would like to show your support and appreciation for the Royal British Legion, head to www.britishlegion.org.uk to purchase your poppy and find out more about the 2015 appeal.