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Remembrance Day

Posted by Tony White on

Each year, volunteers distribute the Royal British Legion's iconic paper poppies throughout the nation.

The bright paper flowers are sold as the charity collect donations in return to help support the vital work they do for the Armed Forces community.

Members of the public wear the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance, to remember the fallen service men and women killed in conflict.

And this year, the Royal British Legion will be encouraging those who buy it to also see it as a symbol of hope, not just one of conflict.

A number of Remembrance events, such as Remembrance Sunday are held during the Poppy Appeal to commemorate the fallen.

Here's all you need to know about the upcoming period of Remembrance in the UK.

The Royal British Legion's biggest fundraising campaign is held every November, the period of Remembrance, when the charity distributes their iconic paper poppies to raise vital funds to help the Armed Forces community.

Numerous cities across the country dedicate a day to distributing poppies and getting the public involved through activities and entertainment, from military bands to NFL cheerleaders.

Armistice Day, on November 11, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918.

As a result, there is a two minute silence held to mark the occasion - on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - and remember those killed in the two World Wars and the 12,000 British servicemen killed or injured since 1945.

The Armistice essentially ended four years of fighting in the World War I.

Why poppies?

At the end of the First World War, poppies were the first flowers to grow in the Northern France and Flanders battlefields. 

Poppies are on sale until November 11, with sites at major supermarket chains, train stations and high street stores.

Failing that, they're available from the RBL website for £1 suggested donation.

The Royal British Legion Benevolent Fund received the money raised to help armed forces' dependents, veterans and those bereaved.

The Legion spent over £85 million on social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-service people and their families in 2014.

So, there you have it, whether you knew it or needed to know the ins and outs of it, it's upon us and we will be running a Rememberance discount for this event and on top of that we will give a further 10% of our takings over a 3 day period to the Royal British Legion.

'Live On – To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living'

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