You’re probably familiar with the red poppy that is seen on people’s clothing every November. The red poppy is worn as a symbol to remember those who lost their lives in the first and second World Wars.
This flower is an iconic image of the anniversary because poppies grow in disturbed earth and during wartime, fields of bright red poppies would be seen on what was previously an area of violence, death and sacrifice.
The Royal British Legion adopted this image of the poppy and created the Poppy Appeal to raise money for those who serve in the British Armed Forces.
Emergence of the white poppy
The white poppy emerged as a symbol for peace and and end to all wars and is also worn on on Remembrance Sunday.
It’s encountered controversy as some war veterans feel the symbol undermine their contribution to the war and their fight for their country.
The Royal British legion say they are not associated with the white poppy, and is run by the Peace Pledge Legion.
Buzz’s Drew Miller Hyndman and George McMillan spoke to a red poppy seller to find out why she does it.