How do you wear yours?
According to one woman, she was given a great lesson in the correct way to wear a poppy by an ex-serviceman in her home town of Orpington. Karen Lowton took to Facebook to recall her encounter.
Karen said that she was on her way to a meeting in London and realised her poppy pin had dropped from her coat.
Noticing a poppy seller, she asked if she could have a pin. Karen was going to pin her poppy back onto her coat when the seller stopped her and asked if he could reposition it for her.
She wrote: “A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine - while doing so he told me that women should wear their poppy on their right side: the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives; the black represents the mourning of those who didn't have their loved ones return home; and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing, and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.
“The leaf should be positioned at 11 o'clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.
“He was worried that younger generations wouldn't understand this and his generation wouldn't be around for much longer to teach them.”
Karen added: “I'm really pleased to have learnt some things today that I didn't know before, although I must admit I've spent a rather obsessive afternoon wanting to rearrange quite a few strangers' poppies...”
Karen has since tracked down the poppy seller to tell him how many people had read and shared his story, and added: “I do understand that many people have their own beliefs about how to wear the poppy and what it means to them, but I do also think it is important that we listen to and remember the stories of this older generation before they all leave us.”