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History of the Remembrance Poppy

Red poppies have been worn as a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers since the end of World War I. The Remembrance Poppy is worn in the United States on National Poppy Day, which is always held on the Friday before Memorial Day. They are also worn on the last Monday in May for Memorial Day in order to honor soldiers who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, and France, red poppies are worn on Remembrance Day or Armistice Day which is November 11th. In the United States, November 11th is Veterans Day, which is a day to honor all veterans of the Armed Forces. Learn more about the history of the Remembrance Poppy, National Poppy Day, and Memorial Day by exploring the guide below!