This article is from the Toronto Star and is quite important
Six rules of poppy protocol for Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day is less than a week away, a time when poppy protocol is in play.
Canadians have been wearing poppies since 1921 to honour war veterans. With poppies come questions about exactly how to wear them.
Here are six points from the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Manual:
1. Is it okay to change the pin?
The Legion’s position is that pins shouldn’t be substituted. That includes using a safety pin or a piece of rubber band to keep a poppy from falling off. The Legion also doesn’t like wearers using Canadian flag pins to hold on poppies but is a little flexible on this.
“It is undoubtedly better to wear a Poppy with a Canadian flag in the centre than not to wear a poppy at all,” the Legion states in its guidelines for poppy use.
2. Where is a poppy worn?
On the left lapel. The Maple Leafs have been taking to the ice recently with poppies painted on the left side of their helmets, and Maxwell says this is respectful, as well. “It’s the left side, close to your heart,” Maxwell says. “That’s the right idea.”
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