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David Cameron launches 2015 Poppy Appeal at Downing Street

October 25th, 2015

Ex-commando Mr Stonelake, who had a leg amputated after being blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008, was one of several beneficiaries of the legion’s work who attended the short ceremony.

This year’s poppy appeal was kicked off with the first ever poppy parade.

A procession made up of people who have benefited from the work of the charity carried the first poppy from its south London HQ to Downing Street, where they were met by the Prime Minister.

The Royal British Legion delivers care and support to serving personnel, veterans and their families.

The first poppy is carried from the Royal British Legion HQ in south London to Downing Street

The use of poppies as a commemorative symbol for the victims of war began in 1921 and was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields“, by Canadian military surgeon Major John McCrae.

They were initially used by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers killed in that war and were subsequently adopted by veteran’s groups in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the video to see David Cameron receive this year’s first commemorative poppy.

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