It’s London Poppy Day: wear yours with pride

Ever wondered how you should wear your poppy? As thousands of service personnel take to the streets of the capital in the largest one-day street collection of its kind, watch this video from the Royal British Legion, which should clear up the conundrum once and for all.

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Since 1920 the Remembrance Poppy has been worn to commemorate members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in war and they are traditionally worn from the end of October until Remembrance Sunday each year.

Last year this tradition was celebrated in spectacular style when a poignant exhibition Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red saw a sea of ceramic poppies flood the Tower of London to mark the outbreak of WWI.

From 7am this morning, uniformed personnel from from the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF have been collecting donations outside 49 Tube and mainline stations in London and they will be there throughout this evening’s rush hour.

Money raised goes to The Royal British Legion, a charity which looks after serving and ex-servicemen, women and their dependents who are in need, financially or otherwise. Its objectives were written in Royal Charter in 1925.

There is much debate as to the ‘correct’ way to wear your poppy, but as this video from The Royal British Legion shows, the most important thing is to wear it with pride.

You can follow live updates on London Poppy Day on Twitter and Instagram accounts using #LDNPoppyDay.

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