A sign of the times.
After World War 1, the red poppy came into existence as a symbol of remembrance. Many of the battles took place in Northern France and Belgium. This was due to the natural abundance of the flower growing on these battle fields.
Thank goodness we have not seen such wars since the end of World War 2, but war still exists. We still remember those who gave their lives fighting for their country. The Royal British Legion has always, primarily, helped those in the British Armed Forces who fought in conflicts.
Today, war has changed as has society and so too has the Royal British Legion. The scope for those they help has changed with the times. Now they acknowledge the civilian lives lost as well as those lost in acts of terrorism.
Terrorism, the new war.
Along with those who, for example, lost their lives in The Great Wars, The Falklands War, Iraq and Afghanistan, the poppy will now also symbolise the lives lost of those involved in such atrocities as the Manchester bombing.
By wearing a poppy this Remembrance Sunday we remember all those who gave their lives for our liberty, our country. There are so many different ways people can show support and we are proud to do so.
From clothing to fashion accessories, to a shopping bag or a clutch bag. Umbrellas to cufflinks, and earrings and brooches. There is something for everyone, even a huge range of different traditional lapel poppies.
Resources: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/many-people-killed-terrorist-attacks-uk/ and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50068785