Why the Poppy Flower Is Used for Military Remembrances

Poppies are the flowers used as a symbol around the world to remember those who died in military service. They are often presented on graves in the form of wreaths since its circular shape represents eternity, continuity and the circle of life. However, the poppies are also worn on veterans’ lapels and often placed individually at a gravesite to represent honoring and respecting those who sacrificed their lives in military conflict.

Last year, Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge was seen laying a wreath during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France. World leaders, including French President Emmanual Macron of France and U.S.President Trump, also gathered at a gravesite in Caen, France where more than 9,390 American service members were killed in the World War II landings to pay their respects.

And this year the Royal Family reunited for the annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. Everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Prince Charles and Prince William was wearing poppy pins.

Some have thought the flowers were popularized because of their blood-red color signifying bloodshed as a result of someone’s sacrifice to their country.

This is a logical assumption.

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