To me the common poppy symbolises personal remembrance – not only for the significance of Remembrance Sunday. My Nan taught me to knit and My Nan’s favourite flower was the common poppy. Her house was full of poppy pictures.
I can’t help but think of my Nan when I see common poppies now. In my back garden, from July through to the end of November, I have large beautiful poppies growing. I also recently spotted some common poppies growing in a field near where my partner lives in Shoreham, Kent.
I created this pattern with this in mind.
In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November (Armistice Day), which is the anniversary of the end of the hostilities of the First World War at 11 a.m. on 11th November in 1918, “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”. The remembrance poppy (a Papaver rhoeas) has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war. Small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing on Armistice Day and in the weeks before it. Poppy wreaths are also often laid at war memorials.