Poppy day I used to call it as a child. Remembrance day to me is always has been so important. Growing up with family in the army I was always taught to value of life and people losing their lives in the line if service. Not just the army by other services and not just people but animals.

How we spend remembrance day

Every year our town has a local service where all the army groups like the Navy, RAF, Army and Marines all get together and we have a religious led memorial service. The roads are closed off and hundreds of people gather to listen and watch as the poppy wreaths are laid on the memorial. Then we have a local man play the last post and we all stand together and remember for our 2 minute silence. I’ve been to this for the past 5/6 years. This will be the first year I haven’t.

After we have a march through the town, a parade with all the members of military and local clubs like, scots, brownies rainbows and cubs all join it. Its lovely wo watch. we have the Mayor and local counsellors and school children marching together. Its a real nice community feeling]

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What is Remembrance Day?

Armistice Day or Remembrance day is on 11 November. The day marks the end of world war one and the time. 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars and a reminder of our history and pay tribute to those who died. Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday in November.

Why do we have a two minute silence?

The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919. This was when when King George V asked the public to participate in moments silence at 11am. This was one year after the end of World War One. He requested this so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.

Why do we wear a poppy on Remembrance Day?

A poppy is a symbol to remember those who have lost their lives in wars around the world and those who have been killed as a result of terrorism and conflict. Also it represents the contribution of families and of the emergency services we have today.

The main reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after WW1 ended.

Ever since then, the poppy has come to be a symbol of remembering. Not just to those who gave their lives in World War One, but for those who have died on behalf of their country.

What do the different colours of the poppy mean?

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The red poppy is the most famous symbol of Remembrance Day. It represents the poppy fields. The red poppy is the symbol to the Royal British Legion – a charity created by veterans of World War One. They say that the red poppy represents remembrance and hope.

The white poppy symbolises peace. The white poppy handed out by a charity called Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace. Some people feel the red poppy glorifies tragic event in history and wars so created the white people for opposite effect.

The purple poppy represents and remembers the animals of war. Thousands of animals who were drafted into the war efforts from dogs and pigeons to horses lost their lives along side the thousands of humans. Anyone who buys a purple poppy donates to animal charities like the Blue cross and the war horse memorial.

The black poppy is is most commonly associated with the commemoration of black, African and Caribbean communities’ and the contribution to the war effort.

Remembrance Day poppy craft

I encourage you to. I’m a poppy from a registered charity to support the war veterans but why not make a felt poppy to wear with pride on Remembrance Sunday. This year is is going to be somewhat different so why not make a poppy to place in your windows?

What will I need?

  • Felt (Red & Green) depending on which poppy you want to make
  • needle
  • thread
  • black buttons
  • safety pins
  • Scissors

Lets make some Poppy pins!

  1. Trace or print the FREE template and draw around them onto felt. You will want 3 petals and two leaves for each poppy.
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2. Cut them out and assemble. Overlap the petals and place the leaves at the back of your poppy.

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3. Put a stitch through all the layers to hold it in place then sew on your black button in the middle! thats all it takes really. you can leave them like this or you can sew a safety pin to the back with a few stitches.

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Pin to a coat or a bag or and wear your poppy with pride. You can make the colour of your choice depending on your beliefs and thoughts.

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They look beautiful, are easy to make. The poppy marks a horrific event in history. We remember all those who lost their lives and still do in conflicts in the word.

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Our Labrador Raven wearing her purple poppy for her animal Conrad’s who died at war looking proud!

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