The Poppy Factory’s Chief Executive, Deirdre Mills said: “It is a great honour to have His Royal Highness return to open the Field of Remembrance in its 90th year, just days before the centenary of the end of the First World War.
“This year feels especially significant to all of us at The Poppy Factory, including our production team in Richmond-upon-Thames who have once again been working hard all year round. We will always value the opportunity that this ceremony gives to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict, and to think of the many thousands who are still here and need our support.
“Those with physical and mental health conditions can feel vulnerable and may struggle to find meaningful work after being discharged from the Armed Forces. By working with wounded, injured and sick veterans to increase their confidence, independence and job-readiness, The Poppy Factory helps them gain access to a more positive, secure and successful future.”
The Field of Remembrance was started in 1928 by the founder of The Poppy Factory, Major George Howson MC, together with a group of ex-Servicemen with disabilities at St Margaret’s Church. They gathered around a wooden cross taken from a battlefield grave of an unknown British soldier and invited passers-by to plant a poppy around a wooden cross.