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Correct way to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day – and what it symbolises

As we will have to mark Remembrance Day differently this year, many of us will take pride in wearing our poppies.

To recognise the annual memorial event many Brits will be pinning the paper flower to our coats and bags as a sign of respect.

Poppies are used to symbolise the end of the First World War and to mark the fallen who died in the line of duty.

As a show of respect for the Armed Forces Brits donate to the Royal British Legion in exchange for a small poppy pin or badge.

The Mirror reports that country to popular belief, there isn’t actually a right way to don a poppy.

Some people have claimed that the position of the green petal is important – but The Royal British Legion has claimed that that isn’t true.

Their website says: “It's a matter of personal choice whether someone chooses to wear a poppy and how they choose to wear it."

The history behind the poppy comes from the graves of soldiers who died fighting in Flanders.

Nothing grew on the battlefield apart from red poppies, which managed to flourish despite the destruction.

It inspired the famous war-time poem In Flanders Field, penned by Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915.

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The RBL adds: “The poppy is a well-known and well-established symbol, one that carries a wealth of history and meaning with it. Wearing a poppy is still a very personal choice, reflecting individual experiences and personal memories.

"It is never compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those who it is intended to support."

This year’s Remembrance Sunday was on Sunday, November 8, and Remembrance Day is today (Wednesday, November 11).

Memorial events will be socially distanced and limited in numbers as organisers stick to Coronavirus regulations.

The country will fall silent for two minutes at 11am to mark the armistice.

It is 102 years since the end of the First World War, which saw a ceasefire at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

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