With the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month having passed a couple of days ago, it is fitting that Newcastle United, like all teams in the Premier League, will wear poppies on their shirts for today’s games.
Remembrance Day (also Poppy Day, Armistice Day and known as Veterans Day in the US) is a memorial day observed to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.
The shirts will be worn today according to the official Newcastle site and then will be signed and auctioned off on the club’s web-site, and all money raised will go to the Royal British Legion.
All Premier League games will have one minute silence before the game to commemorate those who have given their lives for their country.
The poppy will be worn on the left breast of the shirts as shown below:
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said today:
“The whole country will remember those brave men and women who gave their lives for the country during the war this weekend, and as a club our thoughts will, of course, be with them.”
“It’s great that the club can pay tribute to them in this way and the lads will be proud to wear the poppy alongside the Newcastle United crest on their shirts.”
And this is what Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan said:
“I think it’s a fantastic thing for the club to do. The shirt will be a great piece of memorabilia – I’d want to keep it for myself if we weren’t auctioning them off!
“The poppy is a great tradition and we’re delighted to be able to raise money for a great cause, as well as showing our respect and support to those who’ve given their lives for our country.”
11th November was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7th November 1919, for the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.
The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries, due to the fact that the poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields in Flanders during World War I, with their brilliant red color being an appropriate symbol for the blood that was spilled during the war.
November 11th commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne in France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
We will remember them.