Technically, it’s a donation

Nobody either buys or sells poppies for Remembrance Day

Don’t tell a Legion member that you want to buy a poppy, says Jack MacLean of the Qualicum Beach branch, because they’ll likely tell you the signature red flowers are not for sale.

“We are not selling poppies. You don’t pay for a poppy and you don’t buy a poppy.”

Rather, he said, Legion members are asking for donations and, if you decide to give them one, they will give you a poppy as a token of their appreciation for having done so.

“It’s a donation,” he said. “If you give one, you get a poppy.”


— Neil Horner