Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial that is recognised across the globe as a mark of respect for members of the armed forces and the civilians who sacrificed their lives in the many wars that have taken place across the globe. The date it is held on, 11th November, is to commemorate the ending of First World War, with hostilities finishing on the ’11th Day on the 11th month at the 11th hour’.
The symbol of commemoration is the Poppy, which signifies the flowers that bloomed in the battlefields of Flanders after the First World War. This red flower signifies not only the blood that was spilled, but also the hope that sprang from those battlefields.
The Royal British Legion are celebrating their 90th Poppy Appeal this year, with a the aim to better last year’s £35m raised.
The Legion’s Director of National Events and Fundraising, Russell Thompson, said –
Despite the current economic times, we trust the great British public will show their support for those who have sacrificed on behalf of their country. We call on the nation to give generously and to wear their poppies with pride.
The Legion offer financial help to over 100,000 service men, women and their families who have served in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Over £1.4million a week is spent helping those who have served in the Armed Forces to help them cope and re-adjust to life after their time on the front line.