Unite with Poppy Flowers

From the country, for men, who fight for their country.

The whole Armed Forces community is dependent on the support of their country. Men have experienced severe injuries, lost legs and some of them need daily care taking. Families are in urgent need for support by their country. This is why the Royal British Legion, the UK’s leading Service charity, starts fundraising during late October every year. They are aiming to collect a total of £42 million this year (2012).

I am fascinated how many people I see on the street wearing Poppy Flowers. They are immediately recognizable from afar and most people know, the passing person has donated and supports the Royal British Legion. Donators wear them Poppy Flowers with proud. It expresses their support. It forms a union amongst them. I love the idea of giving tangible feedback to donators. It gives them something to hold on to, remind themselves of the good deed and share it proudly with others.

The origin of the Poppy Flower:
“On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders’ Fields“, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. The Legion adopted the poppy for its fundraising in 1921 – and so the tradition began.”

Source1: Royal British Legion, Shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve, available at http://www.britishlegion.org.uk accessed 09.11.2012

Source2: Howse, Christopher, Poppy Appeal” Pinning down poppy etiquette, available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/6461635/Poppy-Appeal-pinning-down-poppy-etiquette.html accessed 09.11.2012

Image1: (Soldiers, taken on the 30. October 2012, available at ukforcesafghanistan.wordpress.com accessed 09.10.2012)
Image2: (Royal Legion Advert, created on the 13.03.2012, available at legionlive.org.uk.jpg accessed 09.10.2012)
Image3: (Legion Supporters, taken on the 28 October 2011, available at southnorthants.gov.uk accessed 09.10.2012)
Image4: (Paderborn branch, available at http://www.brithislegion.org.uk accessed 09.10.2012)
Image5: (Poppy Flower, taken on the 06.Nov.2012, available at telegraph.co.uk accessed 09.10.2012)