The poppy was later chosen as a symbol of remembrance because it was the first of the flowers to re-appear on the battlefields, and because of the three colours in this simple flower:
- the red petals represent the blood of those who gave their lives for their country
- the black represents the mourning of those whose loved ones never returned from the conflict
- the green leaf represents the grass which covered the graves, and the hope for the future
whilst men wear their poppy on their left, many say that women should wear the poppy on their right side. This is because it has always been traditional for women to wear broaches on the right. Many women still feel they should wear the poppy on the right, but the British Legion say you can wear it anywhere, as long as you wear it with pride.