Poppies video

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This video shows some familiar TV figures feature, all wearing poppies. We then see paper poppies being made by ex-servicemen. The commentary explains how poppy-wearing began in the 1920s and why the poppy was chosen as the symbol of remembrance.

Two veterans from past wars including World War Two explain what the poppy means to them. A wounded soldier from a more recent war in Iraq gives his view.

The clip explains how the Royal British Legion makes and distributes poppies for Remembrance Day.

The clip concludes with lines from 'In Flanders Fields', the poem by the Canadian army doctor John McCrae. This poem was inspired by the poppies McCrae saw growing on the battlefields and was written after the funeral of a friend, killed in action in 1915.

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