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I first became aware of the tradition of wearing poppies on Remembrance Day when I was living in London in November 1986. I wish this was something we did in the States. I wore one on Veteran's Day once, and nobody got the significance, even at a Society of American Military Engineers meeting. And we don't wear them on Memorial Day either.
If you watch much NHL hockey in early November you'll see most of the coaches are wearing their poppies, even US-based teams, especially when playing in Canada.
The poppy Canadians wear looks totally different from the traditional UK one, of course. The French, surprisingly IMHO, also don't seem to understand the significance of the poppy. Some years ago I was at a civic function (totally unconnected with remembrance/the war) in Caen (just back from the Normandy beaches) on 11th November. The area was full of D-day veterans. At the dinner a young woman asked me why (the British contingent at the function) we didn't commemorate the war - I said, in French, "But we do, why do you think we are all wearing poppies?" to which she replied, "I don't know, why are you?"