TIP TUESDAY : British culture / Remembrance Day

11 Nov 2018       ILC Batalha

Why do so many Brits wear poppies on 11 November? The poppy is the symbol used to commemorate Remembrance Day or Poppy Day in the UK.

History states that it was the poem Britain's first Poppy Day was held in 1921 and the money raised helped children in war-devastated areas. The Royal British Legion opened its own poppy factory in London in 1922 to give practical help in time of need to all who have served in the armed forces and their widows and dependents. The paper poppies that are worn today are made by ex-service personnel and are sold by representatives of the Royal British Legion, an organisation of ex-servicemen and women. Today, they make more than 35 million poppies and 65,000 wreaths for the annual poppy appeal.
In Flander's Fields

Between the crosses, row on row, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
We are Dead. Short days ago 
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie 
Take up your quarrel with the foe; 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 

(written by Liet.-Col. John McCrae, a Canadian serving at Ypres)