Every year, the Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign to honour those who serve, and to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. From the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, all Canadians can be a part of the campaign. Wear a poppy, attend a ceremony, and show your recognition for those who gave their lives for our freedom.
With all of these poppies come questions about exactly how to wear them. Here are some tips from the Legion’s Poppy Manual:
Where is a poppy worn? On the left lapel.
When should poppies be worn? Poppies aren’t just for the traditional Remembrance Day period, which runs from the last Friday in October to the end of the day on Nov. 11. It is also respectful to wear them at other times of the year, including ceremonies to honour veterans, such as funerals.
Who should wear a poppy? Anyone who wants to honour a veteran. The Legion notes that 117,000 Canadians gave their lives for freedom, which also means the freedom not to wear a poppy.
How many poppies is the correct amount to wear? Whatever number seems appropriate for you. Most people wear just one, but Queen Elizabeth II routinely wears several poppies when honouring the war dead. Sometimes people wear more than one because they want to honour several countries or several individuals.
How should poppies be disposed of? Placing them at a memorial for veterans at the end of Nov. 11 is particularly respectful. Reusing them next year isn’t.