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In Support of our Heroes

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Every second Sunday in November, you’ll see a sea of red as we pay our respects to the contribution made by the British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the World Wars and other conflicts.

If you are an Armed Forces family or had loved ones in the First and Second World War, you will know of the important work the Royal British Legion do. On Sunday November 10th 2013 there will be poppy wreaths on war monuments and a moment’s silence, but do you know why we wear poppies?

 

Why we wear poppies

Every November, we wear our poppies with pride but what does the money we give go towards? The Poppy Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign and raises money to fuel their work with Armed Forces families. These families are of active servicemen and veterans.

 

The history of the Poppy Appeal

The annual Poppy Appeal by The Royal British Legion is held in the run up to the second Sunday in November as the nearest Sunday to November 11th Armistice Day. This is the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918.

Poppies were first worn as a symbol of remembrance in 1920 by the American Legion after a suggestion in 1918. The British Legion adopted the symbol a year later with the appeal that continues until today.

The first ever appeal used real poppies from France and raised £106,000 which today would equate to around £30 million: wow! In order to keep costs low, a UK poppy factory was built in 1922 and the Legion employed ex-servicemen who had become disabled to compile the flowers.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has been backed by many celebrities over the years from the Spice Girls and S Club 7 to Dame Vera Lynn and Michael Caine.

For the 2013 appeal, five daughters of Armed Forces families have formed a band and are releasing a single to raise money for the appeal. The Poppy Girls’ (Megan, Florence, Alice, Bethany and Charlotte) song ‘The Call (No need to say Goodbye)’ will be released on November 10th and it is hoped it will top the music charts.

 

What can you do to help?

Every donation counts! The Royal British Legion need £1.6 million every week to continue their work helping Armed Forces families so anything you can give to the cause would be highly appreciated.

Enter the Poppy Lottery or the Poppy Raffle for the chance of winning a cash prize or visit the poppy shop for some floral themed merchandise. You could even join the Legion; you don’t have to have an Armed Forces background.

This year, the Royal British Legion aim to raise £37 million so, here at GT Decorations, we have agreed to donate 15% of our profits of selected poppy sales up until November 11th. Please give generously.

 

It’s not long until Remembrance Sunday so have you got your poppy yet?

 

 

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