How did the Poppy become such a powerful symbol of our Remembrance Day?

Monday 09 November 2015  / Ruth Montia

The red corn Poppy or ‘popaver rhoeas’ is actually a weed that grows in conditions of disturbed earth mostly found in Europe. This is evident in the most popular and quoted poem relating to WW1 written by John McCrae in 1915 after the loss of his friend in battle. The title of the poem is called ‘Flanders Field’ which relates to an area of poppy fields in Belgium where trench warfare took place.

The First World War ended on the 11th November 1918, and officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versaille in 1919. At 11am on the 11th day on the 11th month we show our gratitude by giving a two minute silence across the whole country, we also wear the symbolic poppy to highlight our acknowledgment, admiration, appreciation and condolences to the fallen soldiers.

One member of the AV Rillo team has come up with a wonderful way to show their appreciation by hand crafting bespoke poppies for all the staff. The proceeds will go to the Armed Forces community who risk their lives for our nation.

Leo poppy


You can donate on the official British Legion website here

The immeasurable sacrifice of those who fought and served in the British World Wars then and since will continue to be remembered for those who gave and give their lives for us.