Properly Placing Your Poppy

Author Unknown

Adapted by Bailey McKay


Ever wonder why Veterans Day is on the 11th of November and does not change?


World War I ended in armistice on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour.


Today I saw a gentleman selling poppies stop a lady and ask if he could re-position he poppy. While doing so he told the lady that she should wear her poppy on the right side; the red of the petals represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black of the center represents the mourning of those whose loved ones never returned home, and the green of the leaves represents the new growth and future prosperity of life after the war destroyed so much.


The leaf should always be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time in which World War I officially ended.


The gentleman was worried that the younger generations wouldn’t understand this and that his generation wouldn’t be around much longer to teach them. Though this goes for all wars past and current.


Honor and remember all who served. Happy Veterans Day!


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