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Where does your poppy come from? As Remembrance Day approaches we take a look inside the factory

In this factory, millions of the paper and plastic flowers are made every year

Have you ever wondered where your remembrance poppy comes from, or how it is made?

In this factory, millions of the paper and plastic flowers are made every year to be worn across the world.

Each part of the poppy is recyclable and made by machine ready for distribution to 157 countries worldwide.

The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and has been in circulation for nearly 100 years.

The poppy was first sold on November 11th 1921 as part of the first ever Poppy Appeal.

The Royal British Legion say wearing one is a show of 'support for the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families'.

Shortly after losing a friend in Ypres in 1915, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write his now famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'.

The poem inspired American War Secretary, Moina Michael, who bought poppies to sell to her friends to raise money for Servicemen in need after the First World War.

This was adopted by The (Royal) British Legion in 1921 who ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year in the first ever Poppy Appeal.

The poppy has been adopted as a symbol of Remembrance ever since.

– The Royal British Legion

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The money raised by the poppy sales directly supports the armed forces community.

Last year, in 2018, the sales raised £50million to help support serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces community and their families.

There is no 'correct' way to wear a poppy, many say the leaf should face 11 o'clock, but on the Royal British Legion website, it says 'the best way to wear a poppy is simply with pride'.

In 1995 poppies with leaves included were made available for the first time.