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1. Did the centre of the poppy lapel colour change?

Poppy Etiquette is something we should all be aware of. Although poppies were originally distributed with a black centre, the colour changed to green more than 20 years ago. In order to reflect the colours of poppies that grew in Flanders–a red flower with a black middle–the centre was changed back to black.

2. How do I wear my poppy?

The poppy is worn on the left lapel, or as closest to the heart as possible.

3. Can the poppy be attached using different pins?

Every year, many ask whether a Canadian flag pin or another fastening device can be used in the centre of the poppy.

“The poppy is the sacred symbol of remembrance and should not be defaced in any way,” said the Royal Canadian Legion. “No other pin, therefore, should be used to attach it to clothing.”

While the Legion said it cannot control the poppy’s form of wear by the public, it is “undoubtedly better to wear a poppy with a Canadian flag in the center than not to wear a poppy at all.”

The Legion, however, currently distributes a metal lapel poppy pin with the words” We Remember” in a bottom banner. This pin and a poppy sticker are suitable for wear on clothing.

4. What happens to the money that is donated?

During the Legion’s annual poppy campaign, an estimated 18 million poppies are distributed in Canada and overseas.

More than $14 million that is roughly raised annually goes toward programs and financial assistance to veterans in need and their families.

5. Is Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday?

There is still a lot of work to be done, but a bill that would make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday has passed Second Reading in Parliament.

The bill, sponsored by New Democrat MP Dan Harris, now heads to a Commons committee for further study.

Even if it passes in Parliament, provinces where November 11th is currently not a holiday—namely Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba—would have to change their individual labour codes.

6. What should you do with your poppy after Remembrance Day?

The legion says you should dispose of your poppy “respectfully” after Remembrance Day or store it for next year. The legion also recommends picking up and dusting off any lost poppies you find out of respect for those who have served.


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