After seeing veterans handing out poppies at a mall or in a grocery store, maybe you’ve though to yourself “I think I’ll make my own this year.”
Well, don’t do it.
Some children in Winnipeg make their own crochet poppies to honour Canada’s men and women who have died in WWI, WWII and other conflicts. CTV News mentions HERE that other make them with paper and beads. We began wearing the flower, immortalized by war poet John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Field’, since 1921.
Many veterans feel that homemade poppies desecrate and dishonour the real thing. WWII veteran Paul Martin believes that “the intention is good but I think it destroys the meaning of the poppy.”
The Royal Canadian Legion even goes so far as to create a “Poppy Manual” (found HERE), guiding one on how to properly wear it, and how the money collected from poppy drives is spent. They even own the TRADEMARK on the poppy, and have forced people, websites, companies, and other entities to refrain from using it without permission!
One of the main reasons why the idea of making your own poppy is discouraged is that the poppy approved by the Legion helps raise millions of dollars for veteran housing and food.