The Significance of the Poppy

The areas of Northern France known as Flanders and Picardy saw some of the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting in the First World War. There was complete devastation. Buildings, roads, trees, and natural life simply disappeared. Where there once were homes and farms, was a sea of mud, and graves for the dead where men still lived and fought.

The poppy flowers were the only living things that survived. They appeared in vast numbers bringing a delicate beauty to areas, which had seen such terrible scenes. It brought LIFE, HOPE, COLOUR, and REASSURANCE to those still fighting.

The first Poppy Day was held in Britain on November 11, 1921, and it was a national success. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the first World War ended. World War I (1914-1918) World War II (1939-1945).

The  Jamaica Legion Poppy Appeal was launched on Sunday, October 4, 2019. Proceeds from the Appeal will go toward the welfare of veterans of the two World Wars.  The target for this year is $9 million.  A poppy board is located in the Foyer at King’s House and is accompanied by a contribution box.  Visitors to King’s House are invited to contribute to the Poppy Appeal and wear your Poppy proudly.

Poppies should be worn on the left side of a jacket lapel, polo shirt collar, long sleeve shirt pocket, dress or blouse.  Poppies should not be sold or worn after 11:00 a.m. on November 11.