Where to position a poppy

If you have bought your poppy yet in support of the Royal British Legion, where are you wearing it? I ask, as we had an office discussion about the etiquette of exactly where to position a poppy.


This led me to do a bit of research as admittedly I have historically pinned the symbolic scarlet flower to my lapel without a second thought. At first glance it looks as though the poppy should be situated on the left breast, for three reasons:

1.     It is closest to your heart

2.     It is where military medals are worn

3.     The Queen and the Royal family all seem to wear theirs on the left


Conversely though and a little confusingly others claim that poppy wearing etiquette is different for men and women – men should wear it on the left and ladies adorn theirs as they would a broach… on the right.


Then on Facebook we found a sweet story about an ex-military man who is sharing his views of what the colours on a poppy represents:

·         Red for the blood of all those who gave their lives

·         Black to mourn those who didn’t have their loved ones return home

·         While the green leaf alludes to crops and future prosperity/growth – after the war destroyed so much.


This gentleman also detailed leaf positioning. He claimed the green leaf should be at 11 o’clock (as it would on a clock face), in recognition of the time that WWI ended: the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.


After so many views and feeling none the wiser, I sought clarification from The Royal British Legion, apparently there is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. It is a matter of personal choice. Instead they advise, “The best way is to wear it with pride.”


In case you are wondering, I just checked my coat. Mine (by fluke) was on my left lapel. And yes, I did swivel the leaf around. And no, I won’t be obsessing about how you position yours! Let’s face it, does it really matter where to position your poppy?