Where Does the Remembrance Poppy Come From?

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Armistice Day is a day to remember our fallen war heroes and think of those still fighting in wars worldwide. I thought it was the perfect time to look at the origins of the poppy that many of us wear in remembrance of these great soldiers. The poppy comes from the battlefields of Ypres in Belgium where the only thing that would grow, were the poppies despite the destruction and hostile environment. This poem below sets this in stone, was sent to a newspaper and has been immortalised in history ever since,  thanks to a French Secretary who suggested selling plastic poppies to raise money for people affected by World War I.

The first remembrance day was in 1919.

To this day, the poppy symbolises perseverance and remembrance. It is used across the world as a symbol of peace.  Here is a poem to read, and take a moment to…

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