Photo of Poppies

A question often posed to sellers of the poppies on Remembrance Day is, "Why is the poppy used as the remembrance flower?"

The reason is that poppies are the only flowers that survive when all other plants die.

In Flanders Fields published by the magazine, Punch,
on December 8th, 1915.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.