When can you start wearing a poppy and where to buy one this year

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  • Now into November, many are wondering when can you wear a poppy and how to get yours for 2021.

    Remembrance Sunday is almost here and the nation is coming together to remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all who have died in combat since. Every year there are events that take place to commemorate it, from the 2 minute silence to the National Service of Remembrance which returns in 2021. Then there’s of course the poppy worn on the left side of our coats to pay our respects. A symbol that her Majesty proudly displays – with the Queen wearing 5 poppies every Remembrance Sunday.

    But when is Remembrance Sunday 2021 and what date can you start wearing poppies? We reveal all.

    When can you wear a poppy?

    Poppies are traditionally worn from 31st October, as this is 11 days before Remembrance Day.

    But people have different opinions about when you should start wearing one. Some believe you should wait until after Halloween and Bonfire Night (5th November), whereas others think it should only be worn on Remembrance Day.

    So it’s really up to you when you decide to start wearing one, but most people can be seen wearing them in November.

    When is Remembrance Sunday 2021?

    Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, as it’s always the Sunday nearest to 11th November (Armistice Day). This year it falls on Sunday 14th November 2021.

    On this date, church services, concerts, and televised events usually take place, including the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal firm, plus politicians old and new pay tribute to the Armed Forces community.

    “This is a physical reminder of all those that have served and sacrificed, with British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors, airmen and women represented, together with members of the emergency services and civilians, ensuring that no-one is forgotten,” states the Royal British Legion website.

    When is Remembrance Day 2021?

    Remembrance Day 2021 is held on Thursday 11 November this year.

    Also known as Armistice Day, it takes place on the same date – the 11th – every year. This is because on 11th November 1918, the truce to end the First World War was signed.

    On Armistice Day, many people choose to observe the two-minute silence at 11am. The silence is as a tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country, and is observed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 – when the guns of Europe fell silent at the end of World War I.

    Remembrance Sunday poppies

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    Where can I buy a poppy in 2021?

    In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, you’ll normally find poppies being sold at train stations, shops, cafes, your local high street and other public places.

    Supermarkets like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, and Aldi will also have poppies on sale. And it’s common for members of the Armed Forces to be outside these stores with their poppy appeal boxes for customers to get theirs.

    A close up of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal boxes

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    You can also buy poppies online this year via the official Poppy Appeal shop.

    There are lots of different poppies on offer, from the traditional paper lapel poppies, to car poppies, and even sustainable and long-lasting pin badges if you’d prefer one of those. And of course – your poppy doesn’t have to be red. With white poppies and other different colours commonly worn to commemorate other war casualties.