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Seven ways to keep your Remembrance Day poppy from falling off

Roy Russell, 89, was in the medical corps and served all over Europe in World War II. The Calgary Poppy Fund sales got underway on Saturday, October, 29, 2011 at Chinook Centre with a ceremony that included an official Colour Party and a tribute to fallen soldiers and their families.
Roy Russell, 89, was in the medical corps and served all over Europe in World War II. The Calgary Poppy Fund sales got underway on Saturday, October, 29, 2011 at Chinook Centre with a ceremony that included an official Colour Party and a tribute to fallen soldiers and their families.

With Remembrance Day coming up on Nov. 11, National Post shows you seven easy ways to keep your poppy on until it’s time to take it off for the ceremony.

Watch the video above or read the transcript below.

Every November Canadians don velvety poppies on the left side of their coats to remember the soldiers who fought valiantly for our country.

The movement to wear poppies began in 1918 with an American teacher. Moina Michael was inspired by the famous poem, In Flanders Field, written by Canadian John McCrae.

In July 1921, the Great War Veteran’s Association in Canada made the poppy the official flower of remembrance.

Still, we all know the struggle: it’s so hard to keep those flowers from falling off!

Well, we’ve got some handy tips and tricks so you can look sharp.

1. The eraser

This has been my tried and true method to keeping my poppy on ever since I was a kid.

Either tear or cut off a bit of an eraser, push the pin through your coat then add the eraser bit to the end, and voila.

2. Duct tape

There are two ways you could try using tape.

The first is to push your poppy through your coat and tape the pin down, covering the entire needle.

The second is to push the pin through, then wrap tape around the needle, preventing it from falling out.

3. Safety pin

Here you just pull the pin out entirely and replace it with a safety pin, like so. Be careful not to prick your fingers.

4. Lapel pin

The fourth way to keep your poppy on is probably the most patriotic, and in my opinion, creative.

Remove the needle and push through a  Canadian flag pin. Then take the back and clasp it down, securing the poppy in place.

5. Bend the pin

First push the pin through your jacket. Then using a pair of pliers, carefully bend the needle so that it won’t easily slip out.

6. Weave the pin

The sixth tip to try is weaving it through your coat material, like so.

7. Buy a bunch

And the final tip?

Just buy a bunch of poppies and replace one if you lose it.

Now that you have learned these tricks, let us know which one works the best for you in the comments.

And remember, the last day to wear a poppy is on November 11.


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