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How a wildflower became a symbol of remembrance

 

As many of our wildflowers have become increasingly rare, so have their symbolic references in everyday life. However, one wildflower has bucked this trend.

The vivid red poppy holds historical connotations with sleep, peace and death, but its modern day symbolism of remembrance and hope arose during the First World War.

In 1915, a Canadian doctor Lt Col John McCrae stationed in Belgium, wrote the now infamous ‘In Flanders Fields’.

“McCrae’s poem inspired an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin. The (Royal) British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever 'Poppy Appeal' raised over £106,000; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help WW1 veterans with employment and housing.” - The Story of the Poppy

It's not too late to scatter poppy seeds this year, and you could notify the 'Ribbon of Poppies' project of your poppy patch in order to help them "create a carpet of crimson from Lands End to John O'Groats".


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How a wildflower became a symbol of remembrance

 

As many of our wildflowers have become increasingly rare, so have their symbolic references in everyday life. However, one wildflower has bucked this trend.

The vivid red poppy holds historical connotations with sleep, peace and death, but its modern day symbolism of remembrance and hope arose during the First World War.

In 1915, a Canadian doctor Lt Col John McCrae stationed in Belgium, wrote the now infamous ‘In Flanders Fields’.

“McCrae’s poem inspired an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin. The (Royal) British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever 'Poppy Appeal' raised over £106,000; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help WW1 veterans with employment and housing.” - The Story of the Poppy

It's not too late to scatter poppy seeds this year, and you could notify the 'Ribbon of Poppies' project of your poppy patch in order to help them "create a carpet of crimson from Lands End to John O'Groats".


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