What is the Meaning of Poppies?
The Remembrance Poppy
The common field poppy has come to be a remembrance to us in commemorating military personnel who have passed away.
How? They were inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. The poem was written by Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and the opening lines refer to the first poppies that grow in the freshly churned earth of soldiers’ graves.
After World War 1 the poppy was adopted in parts of the British Empire by military veterans’ groups.
Today they are used in various countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where they commemorate servicemen and women who have died. Many people wear small artificial poppies on their clothing during the days leading up to Remembrance Day and poppy wreathes are laid at war memorials.