How do you wear your Remembrance Day poppy?

The Royal British Legion says there is no correct way to wear a poppy and that the best way to wear one is simply with pride
The Royal British Legion says there is no correct way to wear a poppy and that the best way to wear one is simply with pride
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As poppy sellers begin to pop up across Sheffield the familiar questions are surfacing for another year. How should you wear a Remembrance Day poppy and is it wrong not to wear one?

Some people say a poppy should be worn on the left side of the body so that the poppy is close to their hearts.

Others say women should wear the poppy on the right - like a brooch - and men on the left like a boutonnière.

There’s also a belief held by some that if you are a serving member of the Armed Forces, or a family member of such a person, you should wear your poppy on the right, and everyone else should wear it on the left.

Some argue that the stalk must point straight down and the leaf must be angled to point to 11 o'clock to signify the moment of Armistice in November 1918.

Those who choose not to wear a poppy at this time of year have been labelled as audacious but many believe they should have the freedom to choose not to wear one.

The Royal British Legion said that the symbol would lose 'meaning and significance' if poppy wearing was compulsory.

Many believe a poppy should only be worn in the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day.

But there are also those who say a poppy should not be worn until after Bonfire Night and Halloween.

Other groups have suggested that wearing a poppy for any longer than the duration of Remembrance Day is too much time and condones war.

How should you wear your poppy and is it wrong not to wear one? Credit: Hannah McKay / PA Wire

How should you wear your poppy and is it wrong not to wear one? Credit: Hannah McKay / PA Wire

The Royal British Legion said there is no ‘correct’ way to wear a poppy and that ‘the best way to wear one is simply with pride’.

Remembrance Sunday falls on 13 November this year.

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