In the United Kingdom, people wear poppies from the end of October to November 11th while French people wear cornflowers. It’s a symbol of remembrance and respect for all the victims of conflicts but specially for the victims of the First World War. The money raised by the purchase of these poppies is donated to families of dead soldiers.

The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who died in World War 1. Wearing poppies shows your support for fallen or wounded WW1 soldiers. These are mostly used in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, countries which were formerly part of the British Empire.

The poppy was inspired by a poem (« In Flanders fields ») written during WW1. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’grave in Flanders, a region of Belgium. This year is a special year because it has been 100 years since the First World War ended.

Aline, Amaryllis, Manoa et Sarah, 3eB

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