Poppy Appeal Launch

Posted in: World War II
Written by Andrew Spencer on 26th October 2012 at 13:46pm
Poppy Appeal Launch

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is launched today.


The Royal British Legion are aiming to break the £40 million record that was set in 2011, this year. They aim to raise £42 million for servicemen, women and familes, through the Poppy Appeal


There was a pop concert in Trafalgar Square yesterday to mark the launch of the annual Poppy Appeal, but it officially starts today. Poppies will be on sale until Remembrance Day, 11 November.


Remembrance Day was originally a day to remember all the brave soldiers that fought in the First World War. But in recent years it is used to show the nations appreciation to all those who have served in the Armed Forces.


The act of observing a 2-minute silence each year on 11 November began in 1919, following the Armistice Agreement- at the end of the First Worl War.


The Royal British Legion spends £1.7 million a week on care and support for military families, including grants, employment advice and funding, emotional support, tribunal and inquest advice, care homes and family breaks.

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