National Poppy Day ® May 22, 2020 The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. Instead, they wear the symbolic red flower on Memorial Day—the … The common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC tradition includes a one- or two-minute silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice became effective. As Memorial Day approaches, red poppies begin to make their annual appearance: You might see them pinned on lapels or hanging from rearview mirrors. These poppies… Americans don’t typically wear poppies on November 11 (Veterans Day), which honors all living veterans. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.