Demystifying: The Remembrance Poppy

This month lots of people in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have been wearing red poppies, as an act of remembrance for members of the armed services who have lost their lives, or been injured in conflicts since the First World War.

But where did this tradition start? And why the poppy?

Let's find out.

Whilst you might not see Remembrance Poppies where you are, here in London lots of people wearing them in button holes, pinned to jackets, or clipped on to their bags in the run up to Remembrance Day on the 11th November.

So you can have a poppy of your own, wherever you are in the World, Aaron has created one in code, using Make Art.

Code Your Own Remembrance Poppy

As well as the red poppy of the Royal British Legion, you sometimes see people wearing white, or purple poppies too.

Lets take a look at them.

The White Poppy

Whilst not as common as the red poppy of the British Legion, the white poppy (or Peace Poppy) has been around for almost as long, with pacifists first wearing them in 1933.

Code Your Own Peace Poppy

The white poppy is used as a symbol of peace and pacifism (the belief that war and violence are unjustifiable). And is worn to remember all of those who lost their lives, or were injured in conflict, including civilians, irrespective of which side they fought on.

The Purple Poppy

The purple poppy is the least common, and the newest of the three types of remembrance poppy, created in 2006 by the charity Animal Aid.

Code Your Own Purple Poppy

The purple poppy was created as a way to commemorate animals which served in conflicts, including the approximately 8 million horses and donkeys that died during the first World War.

Code Your Own Poppy

We'd love to see you take Aaron's poppy artwork and make it your own. You could add a leaf or a stem, change the size of the poppy, or the colour of the background, or even add extra details to make your poppy super realistic.

Once you're done, don't forget to share your poppy art to Kano World for everyone to enjoy.

Looking forward to seeing a sea of brightly coloured poppies on the 11th of November!

A.K.A. TyrantLizardRex

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