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Why Are British Celebs Donning Red Flower Pins?

Why Are British Celebs Donning Red Flower Pins?

They’re on the red carpets and worn by stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. So what exactly are those red pins?

Turns out they’re red poppies and not necessarily the latest fashion accessory!

Instead, it’s tradition to wear the pins to commemorate Remembrance Day (or Veterans Day as it’s known in the United States) in Britain, Canada, Australia, and other countries with ties to Queen Elizabeth.

Check out other celebs like Cheryl Cole, Ben Barnes, and J.K. Rowling proudly wearing the pins!

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74 Responses to “Why Are British Celebs Donning Red Flower Pins?”

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  1. 26
    Rhee Says:

    Duh! I thought everyone knew they were for Remembrance Day.

  2. 27
    danielle Says:

    @Wembley:

    Inappropriate is right. The US lost between 115,000 and 126,000 during WWI. Maybe not a “WHOLE” generation of men like Russia and some other countries. But the South and North lost “whole” generations of men during the Civil War–about 625,000. And we lost 405,000 in WWII. And 58,000 in Vietnam. We’ve lost about 11,000 during our current ’causes.’

    And you know Wembley–numbers don’t mean a thing. When the reality of war really hits home is when one of those numbers is someone you know and love. The son of a good family friend died this week in Afghanistan. The grief is incalculable. A whole generation of this family is gone.

    And my dad fought and served in WWII so idiots like you and HELL NAW could have the freedom to make just such rude and insensitive comments.

  3. 28
    anna Says:

    I knew that..anyway, JK Rowling and Emma look great!

  4. 29
    kb Says:

    wow i think a lost a bit of respect for this site reading this post.

  5. 30
    DarkEmpress Says:

    @Bee:

    There is no poem the roe of poppies. What are you talking about? Its called “In Flanders Fields” Doesnt anyone else notice that Emma Watson does not know how to wear her poppy although she is surrounded by ppl who have it on the left side. She is either stupid or thinks it is a fashion statement.

  6. 31
    You idiots Says:

    So you expect the whole world to know your lame traditions? How self- centered and eurocentric. Also, the poppies are hideous!

  7. 32
    Celia Says:

    This isn’t the first time the HP trio or anyone has worn these. I thought everyone knew what they were for.

  8. 33
    ana Says:

    @You idiots:

    i bet you wouldn’t be saying that if you actually had a grandparent or great-grandparent who sacrificed his life for the freedom you have today.

  9. 34
    British Says:

    @You idiots –

    Lame traditions? Wow. Some people need to grow a heart.

    I am proud of every single man and woman who put their life on the line for the benefit of future generations in our country.

  10. 35
    mia Says:

    @You idiots:

    Is it really eurocentric is the whole world knows about the tradition except for the U.S.? I see people posting here from other countries than those found in Europe that knew what the poppies were for…..

  11. 36
    Natasha Says:

    lmao. Americans, do you kinda feel Jared is insulting your intelligence a little? x

  12. 37
    Rainy Day Says:

    @You idiots:

    As an American and having traveled all over the world, it is idiotic of you to think that other countries have the hold on self-centeredness and euro/egocentricity. The rudest most self-centered, egocentric travelers I’ve met are Americans. They seem, like you, to think the entire world should bow down to them and immediately tend to their needs. They seem to think all other countries should speak English, serve American food, have American TV channels and radio channels, big gas guzzling cars, and generally make the country they are visiting into “little America.” How USAcentric is that?

    And to be fair, some of the most wonderfully adventurous travelers I’ve met have been Americans.

    You can’t generalize You Idiot.

  13. 38
    UWBadgerGirl Says:

    American’s wear poppies as well for Veteran’s Day. Maybe people here to not display them as much, but I always get a poppy from the veteran’s orgs who are selling them and put it in my car to remember all year. Not sure how anyone could not know that’s what they are for.

  14. 39
    Lisa Says:

    Total second-hand embrassment at JJ stupidity.

  15. 40
    Laura Says:

    @Bee:

    It’s from a poem called “In Flanders Field”?

  16. 41
    Midlands Says:

    @You idiots: If it wasn’t for all the men and woman who have died fighting for their country, not just during WW1 & WW2 but other conflicts then you wouldnt even have the freedom to write such an idiotic piece of utter rubbish, because there would be no freedom of speech .

    Maybe you should study a little history , start with WW1 and work up to Hitler , The Holocaust and beyond before you sprout hate like you just have! Idiot!

  17. 42
    Midlands Says:

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields

  18. 43
    to Femail Says:

    @ 11/13/2010 at 7:44 am

    you really don’t want to talk about americans not be clueless considering your last election. also considering that americans think they, and they, alone won the war you are definitely clueless. in any case, it was nice of the cast to wear the poppies.

  19. 44
    Lindi Says:

    I’m actually shocked that Americans are unaware of a tradition that has been around for almost a century in many countries. I guess it’s just because im from canada and you see poppies like this all over the place and its considered common courtesy to wear one on your jacket for the month of november.

  20. 45
    British Latin American Says:

    I thought the reason for wearing poppies was common knowledge; but of course I’m ‘British’ and Latin American.

  21. 46
    strokesmusic Says:

    Basically, a lot of these comments are derived from ignorance. If you DIDN’T know about the tradition of wearing the poppies, it’s probably because you spend far too much time keeping yourself closed off from the rest of the world. Go experience something.

    And to the people who are calling my grandparents rapists and murderers well, shows how cowardly you are. Thousands of people died for your freedom and you still can’t appreciate that. Especially because as it’s WIDELY known, the American troops didn’t actually show up until the war was almost over.

  22. 47
    F@me M0n$t3r Says:

    Ignorant Americans.

    There, I said it.
    Most aren’t the sharpest tools in the box, eh? :D

  23. 48
    Dog Says:

    Poppies are noi just about remembering British soldiers, its soldiers from the entire former BRITISH EMPIRE. ALL THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ONCE COLONIZED BY BRITAIN had soldiers who fought under the British Flag as part of the Empire. Here, in Canada (Memorial Day) day has always been marked by the wearing of poppies. I grew up in Jamaica, another former British colony and all my life I have worn poppies. Every Jamaican child studies Flanders Field in school aspart of the curriculum. So, let’s forget about poppies being Eurocentric. It’s a tradition of many countries around the world.

    JJ, we all went through this discussion 2 years ago when Brad and Angelina wore poppies on the Red Carpet in England for the premiere of Bewolf. ARe you going to pretend ifnorance of the poppy tradition every Memorial Day, just for the chance of filling blog space?!

  24. 49
    Sam Says:

    USA – durrrrrrrr! I’m sure some know what the Poppies are but most likely would not. It’s just plain old ignorance, which is what the ‘Good Old USA’ has always been. No offence, just truth. This is embarrassing.

  25. 50
    forgetMEnot Says:

    How can people be so stupid and ignorant?
    For your information, a poppy isn’t remotely an ‘fashion statement.’

    I’m British and we’ve been taught this when I was at school.

    AND Jared, there is more to the story than just wearing as a tradition for Remembrance Day.

    The poppies are to remember the ones we lost in the war but the poppy was also the first flower to grow after the war. The red is to symbolise the blood of the people who fought in the war.

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