Monday, November 11, 2013


This tradition comes from a battle fought in what is historically referred to as “Flanders Fields”. It was those fields that were mentioned in the first line of one of the most famous poems of World War I, “In Flanders Fields”.

“In Flanders Fields the poppy grow,
“Between the crosses, row on row…”
by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

Remembrance Day, Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day (depending upon where you live) is observed on November 11, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was on that day back in 1918 when the major hostilities of WWI formally ended. On Remembrance Day people around the world remember the sacrifices by members of the Armed Forces, as well as civilians, in times of war.

To this day, many veterans will wear a red or scarlet poppy on that day to commemorate the day and honor those who were lost in war, that day and every day.

So when you see a poppy, any color poppy, know that the poppy is a symbol of peace and remembrance. Treat it with respect and admire it well.