A paper poppy being made

How do you wear your poppy?

Poppy Appeal

Wearing a poppy shows the Armed Forces community their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

We often hear people debating the 'correct' way to wear a poppy, but the truth is, unless you're currently serving, there is no 'correct' way. 

It’s a matter of personal choice whether someone chooses to wear a poppy and how they choose to wear it. We simply ask that if you do wear a poppy, you wear it with pride.

Legion Poppy Field at NMA

Did you know?

The wearing of poppies began over 100 years ago, and it's use as a symbol of remembrance was inspired by a poem.
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Anna Guerin performing as Joan of Arc An original French silk poppy from 1921

History of the poppy

When the British Legion chose to use the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in 1921 it proved an immediate success, but the story of the woman behind its adoption is less well known. 

Anna Guérin was born in France in 1878 and became a teacher. 

In 1911 she came to Britain with her two daughters but when the First World War broke out, she moved to the United States where she immediately began fundraising for those made destitute by war.

She would later return to Britain and play in key role in persuading Earl Haig and the fledgling British Legion to adopt the idea of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance. 

Anna Guérin and the story of the first poppies

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