During the weeks up to and including Remembrance Day on 11 November, people wear a small red poppy in an act of remembrance and to support the work of the British Legion.
A few years ago we received the message below from one of the visitors to our website. Let’s not make this happen this year.
I’m 45 and know that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the brave old soldiers from round the world that made us free.I felt very sad today as I was in Hammersmith London, and not many people were wearing Poppies and not many people stopped and stood still for the one minute silence. I work for London transport and going back 5 years every bus would pull over and stop, well not today people were still rushing about there business and didn’t bother to respect the dead. Even on the news you see the soldiers at the cenotaph standing still look in the back ground people walking about, still driving. As our country has become more cosmopolitan the old traditions we had in England are dying out, as the new generation don’t give a dam. Tomorrow I visit all my family graves to place poppy crosses and then lay a cross for the fallen soldiers of Hammersmith/Fulham.
How to wear your Poppy
Did you know?
In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the poppies have two red petals, a green paper leaf and are mounted on a green plastic stem. In Scotland, the poppies are curled and have four petals with no leaf.