The poppy should be worn on the left side of the chest closest to the heart. It is meant to be worn with heartfelt thanks and remembrance for those who lost their lives while defending freedom.

The conditions in pre-war Europe were not conducive to excessive poppy growth in Flanders, but after the devastation and destruction of World War I, the soil composition changed due to the absorption of lime and poppies began to flourish. The bright red flowers spread across the fields, decorated the graves of the soldiers laid to rest; they came to be associated with respectful remembrance of the fallen.