Poppies For Our Children


I’m delighted this year to see that there is a new range of merchandise available for Remembrance Day.

The products this year (as well as the poppies themselves)  have really appealed to the children.  What a fantastic way to ensure that the appeal resonates with our young people.

More importantly of course the children are going to want to buy these accessories, the likes of which are slap bands, pencils, key rings and wristbands.

What a brilliant way to raise money for the appeal.

For once, no parent will mind being ‘sold to’ and more money can go towards this fabulous cause.

So successful was this merchandise that my daughters school ran out.   Apparently this was the first year the new merchandise had been available and the children were queuing to purchase.

There is nothing that feels me with pride so much than seeing a poppy being worn.


It also feels me with parental pride to see my daughter wearing hers.  In fact she has done so since Reception age when she carried a very large poppy around on her little school bag.

In Year 2 she came home with this lovely picture which was painted using a potato stamped in paint and her fingerprints.  It has always been one of our favourites and coincidentally I have just purchased a frame for it to go on the wall.  It has been much admired and some people have seen it and thought it was from a shop.


I see it and I think of her little chubby fingers making patterns and having fun whilst at the same time being told how special and important her picture was.

Many children are still too young to understand the history of the poppy, neither is too much information necessary at their tender age.   However, it ensures that the poppy becomes a symbolic part of their lives.  There is plenty of time for them to learn more about the history as they get older.

I guess there is a fear that the history of the poppy will not travel through the generations.

In fact, I  read a rather lovely story recently about how to wear a poppy which was being shared on Facebook.  I for one certainly didn’t know that their was a ‘correct’ way.

I know that many people will have already seen the article as several have mentioned it but I thought I would share the story for those who haven’t – it made me feel rather warm inside.

The information came from a military man who was worried that his generation wouldn’t always be around to teach our young people.

I would love to be able to credit the person who gave the information but as with most of these round robins on Facebook, that information is not shared.

‘Women should wear their poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended’.

Whilst this story is at odds with what we know to be the ‘official’ origin of the poppy, in much the same way that many stories and meanings have been attributed to the poppy over the years, it resonates nevertheless.

What I do know is that Social Media is a wonderfully, powerful tool for these kinds of stories and I imagine that if you haven’t already done so, you will be moving your poppy leaf to the position of 11.00 as my friends and I did this morning.  We had all heard the story independently.  This is testament to this ‘lovely man’ and the person that he shared this with (also unknown) and I hope they know that we are all talking about his story and that the intention is being honoured already.

I have shared this story with my daughter and no doubt others will do the same.

I remember being delighted with a poppy as a child.  My mother was a child during the Second World War and was evacuated from her home in East London, my father was a little older.  I feel privileged to have heard the stories they were able to share whilst they were still with us.

I am able to share those stories with my daughter and my husband’s mother is also able to share her own stories of the war years with her granddaughter.

In turn, I am sure she will continue to pass these stories down the generations.

What I hope will also be passed on is the respect that surrounds the poppy and Remembrance Day for it is a respect quite like no other.

There is something quite remarkable about the respect that our children adopt around this time.

If at the very least, it is just this respect that continues through the generations,  we will have achieved something quite wonderful.


Did this man’s story of the poppy reach you this year?

Are you wearing yours pointing towards 11 o’clock?


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35 thoughts on “Poppies For Our Children

  1. It is called Veterans Day here & most government offices, banks, schools etc are closed for the day. I haven’t ever seen poppies being sold but I did see someone wearing one on the t.v yesterday.

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  2. Yes, i have seen this story on facebook and because of it, I have adjusted a couple of friends poppies this year (explaining why first of course). Xx


  3. I love that painting! I generally manage to get through about three poppies a year through constantly losing them, but it’s for a good cause so I don’t mind too much! 🙂 I’ve bought my baby daughter a pin badge poppy to wear tomorrow too – she will be coming along because I march in the local parade with work (council), which is strange because obviously I’ve never been involved in conflict but it is really moving. #KCACOLS

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    1. Hi Jess, thanks for commenting. I’m so with you on the poppies getting lost. I also buy loads and just wish they would stay on. What a beautiful day for your parade with bubba and such a lovely thing to be part of. As you say, always moving. Lovely to meet you at #kcacols Nicky x


  4. I haven’t seen that yet! how interesting I had no idea, thank you for posting, it’s a subject that can be quite difficult to write about but you really nailed it! and I totally agree that poppy products aimed at children is a great way to get them involved and wanting to know and learn about our history. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

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    1. Thank you! I have to say, I thought long and hard about this one for lots of reasons. You are right – it is indeed a difficult subject. We often see these stories circulating and sometimes they just get you. This one did it for me. Lovely to meet you at #kcacols. Thank you for commenting. Nicky x

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  5. I do wish that “the powers that be” would think of a different way of marking the occasion rather than the traditional Christian Church Service. I’m not suggesting that these services be done away with, but the efforts of those we remember, have shaped the society that we have today. They fought for freedom of speech, thought, religions, etc and I, for one, would like to join in the remembrance, without having to enter a church. Lovely article Nicky.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for commenting Jenny. We have just been to a very fitting church ceremony as part of the Brownies but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. There is always the ceremony in the High Street too. I’d recommend taking the kids to the Cenotaph too when they are a bit older. We did it a few years ago and whilst it’s very busy, it’s nice to be part of it. Nicky x


  6. I really like that there are so many different ways to wear your poppy now. My daughter has always asked for a poppy and has a basic understanding of why we wear them and I don’t mind buying more than one when I lose mine. We currently have the poppy on a wooden cross, on a bracelet and on a plastic band. #KCACOLS

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  7. I had heard that FB story and I wasn’t aware of how a poppy should be worn either.
    With many past family members serving, Remembrance Sunday is a day we always make a point of honouring. This year I’m coordinating the flower team at church, so I got to order the poppy wreath which was special.

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  8. It’s wonderful that the next generation are being taught this important history so that the honour and remembrance will continue. I love your daughter’s picture too! #abitofeverything

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  9. What a lovely picture! And yes you are right it is good to share history, culture and tradition in a way that would appeal to the young. It is so important that the young are taught and do not forget! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you again at #abitofeverything

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  10. Aah one of my friends shared this on Facebook — such a lovely backstory isn’t it? I’d never heard it before. It made me feel sad that I’d never heard it before — lovely that we know it now though isn’t it? Thanks for linking up with us on #TwinklyTuesday xx

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  11. Those poppies look amazing in the Tower of London!! It was such a beautiful display!! I can’t believe I haven’t gone and see them living in London! My parents in law went to see them and the said they look fantastic. The meaning of these poppies are very important so I think that it is great that this year the kids are keen to buy all the new merchandising. You are right it is a perfect way to get our kids involved. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m very happy to see you again this week!! O love having you here!! 🙂 xx

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    1. It was beautiful, we had family staying last year so all the more reason to go. So wish we had pre-ordered one of the poppies. Felt proud that we were part of it. Thank you for commenting and hosting this lovely linky Franca. xx

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