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Remembrance Day – 11-11-10

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.

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New Face For Poppy Appeal Online – Legion Live

The Royal British Legion has unveiled a new virtual character who will be fronting their 2009 Appeal online. ‘Poppy’ will be hosting the ‘Legion Live’ interactive online community, alongside regular blog posts and video stories.

Poppy was ‘born’ Nov. 11th, is 28 years old, and has a brother in the Armed Forces and a grandfather who served in the British Army. She will be welcoming members to Legion Live where they can chat to her and connect with other users through groups and forums. Poppy also hopes to attract up to 100,000 friends in the next 2 years, via various social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Bebo. LegionLive is hoping to attract a younger generation of supporters as they attempt to raise £31 million to help the wounded and bereaved from the war in Afghanistan.

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Head of Media and Campaigns at the Royal British Legion, Robert Lee, said –

The introduction of LegionLive is a major step forward online for the Legion, and demonstrates our commitment to reaching out to Serving and ex-Armed Forces and their families for many years to come.

Members of LegionLive will be able to set up an account which will include a photo and personal information. Members can then connect with other people on the site, and join groups, add comments and discuss different topics. These message boards will be an interesting and useful tool for discussion and sharing advice on a wide variety of Legion issues.

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The Royal British LegionPoppy Man Appeal

The Royal British Legion is the leading UK charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

After successfully starring the 2007 Poppy Appeal advertisements, Poppy Man is leading the campaign again in 2008 and helped to launch it from Basra. This year’s theme ‘Serving those who Serve’ emphasises the need to help men and women who are serving today, as well as ex-Services and their families.

Poppy Man is the embodiment of the Legion’s work. He stands for Help, Remembrance and Comradeship.

He will be making personal appearances all around the country, and you can keep track of his movements through his blog, which lets you send photos and videos straight from your mobile phone. A giant 5 metre tall Poppy Man has even been installed at Terminal 5 at Heathrow, though he has promised not to lose your luggage!

A new series of posters featuring him supporting people who have been helped by the Legion are appearing on billboards and Nationwide ATM machines around the country and on animated posters at tube stations all over London.

The British public holds great affection and respect for its Armed Forces. In 2008 over £88 million was spent carrying out our work among the serving and ex-Service community. This was largely funded by the kind donations and fundraising efforts of the general public.

The Poppy Appeal is your opportunity to show your support, so please give generously and wear your poppy with pride.

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