Since 1921, the poppy has been worn and used to commemorate military personnel who have died in war. This symbol of Remembrance was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by a Canadian physician of Scottish descent, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
As a family it has always been a tradition for us to pay tribute, on November 11th, to the selfless men and women who have served their countries to fight for our freedom and the quality of life we enjoy today.
The Poppy Factory was established in England in 1922 to give disabled veterans returning from the Great War a means of earning a living. It has evolved over the years into an organization that supports veterans with health challenges and disabilities transition into paid positions.
When I was a child I remember poppies being made of paper. These days they are made of plastic and as far as I know are non recyclable. Here’s a sustainability tip you might consider implementing . . DEFINITELY continue to DONATE to the Poppy Fund in your community, in fact GIVE GENEROUSLY. . . .but KEEP YOUR POPPY from year to year. This will keep it out of the landfill. Remember, every little bit helps, all of our efforts add up.
Here’s another sustainability tip to help you keep your poppy from year to year and prevent you from losing in the first place it so that you don’t have to replace it over and over again. Who hasn’t done that??? Trust me, I’ve been pinning my poppy on like this for years and really does work. Watch the video.
Poppy Protocol- Traditionally, in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day, poppies are worn on the left side (closest to the heart). After the ceremony, the poppy is removed and “placed at the graveside”
I hope these tips contribute to a more mindful and sustainable Remembrance Day.