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How to wear a poppy correctly

how to wear a poppy correctly

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the bloodshed of World War I. Over the past century, this moment has been adopted across the globe as a time to remember those who served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts.

No matter how you choose to commemorate Remembrance Day, all we really ask is that you remember to remember.

This Remembrance Day, we will commit to pausing for just one minute to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, those who returned home injured or ill, and those who continue to  bravely serve our country today.

So how do you wear a poppy correctly?

There is no ‘correct way’ to wear a Poppy. The British Legion says:

It’s a matter of personal choice whether someone chooses to wear a poppy and how they choose to wear it.

The best way to wear a poppy is simply with pride.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

The Ode of Remembrance – often referred to simply as The Ode – is actually only the third and fourth stanzas of Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen. He wrote it less than two months after the outbreak of World War I, in response to the heavy casualties suffered by the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. Appearing in The Times on 21 September 1918, the sentiments it expressed were in stark contrast to the tone of news reports and other poems at the time.The Ode has been read at commemorative services in Australia since 1921, expressing the nation’s collective feelings of respect and loss for the service people who gave their lives during World War I, and in all conflicts since.