How to Wear a Poppy

Remembrance Day is on it is way.  One of the most noted ways our country commemorates the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today is by wearing a poppy.  We were curious if there is an established proper way to wear a poppy.  We found that the answers were varied, some says yes, and others do not.

The Canadian Legion suggests that a poppy should be worn:

  • On the left side, over the heart – keeping those who died close to your heart.
  • During the Remembrance Day period – from the last Friday in October until the end of the day on November 11, or until the end of the commemorative service and placed at the cenotaph or on a wreath.  Poppies also may be placed after November 11 at the tombs or gravesites of loved ones that died in war.

The British Legion, however, says that there is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy, but to just wear it respectfully.

A few other things we discovered about poppies:

  • Poppies can be worn to funerals of veterans, memorial services, the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, or any other time that commemorates fallen veterans.
  • Poppies should be stored or disposed of respectfully.
  • If you find a poppy on the ground, pick it up & brush it off, and dispose of it respectfully.

We continue to be thankful to those who have served and continue to serve our nation today.


About The Author

Sharon (Wallish) Murphy
Sharon grew up in the Wallish Greenhouse at the heels of her father, Charlie, who mentored her. Sharon’s passion is to share the love for growing and to empower others to find joy in their gardening journey, just like her dad.