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Why do we use the poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday?

Remembrance Sunday isn’t far away now, so you will probably be seeing people out and about wearing poppies.

The poppy is used as a symbol of remembering those who lost their lives during wars

It is a tradition that most of us have been doing all of our lives, but why is the poppy the symbol we use to remember the fallen from wars over the past hundred years?

The answer for this lies in Western Europe, where poppies grow naturally in earth that has been disturbed.

In 1914 when fields in Flanders and Northern France saw fighting, that meant naturally that the earth where the fighting took place had changed.

One of the only plants that was able to grow on the fields was the poppy.

Surgeon John McCrae wrote a poem about how the flowers represented all the people who had died in the conflict and that is when this flower became representative of the sacrifices that soldiers had made during the Great War.

The Royal British Legion used it as their symbol for the Poppy Appeal, which began in 1921 and still runs to this very day.

There will no doubt be lots of people with poppies at your place of work during the week.

All profits raised by the Royal British Legion goes towards servicemen and women who have been injured or whose lives have been changed by war so your donation to wearing your poppy goes to a very worthy cause.

This year, Remembrance Sunday takes place on Sunday, November 13.

Armistice Day takes place two days before that on Friday, November 11, which is when offices up and down the country will be marking the occasion with two minutes’ silence at 11am.

The Royal British Legion has also organised four Poppy Days in cities across the country.

The aim is to get people wearing poppies to donate to the cause and bring communities together.

The Royal British Legion’s website says that this year’s events will take place on Wednesday, November 2 in Birmingham, on Thursday, November 3 in London and Bristol and in Manchester on Thursday, November 10.

Source: BBC

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