With the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day taking place this year, at VictoriaPlum.com, we'll be remembering those who fought and died for our freedom by wearing our poppies with pride.
Every year, in the run-up to Remembrance Day, millions of people, not just in the UK but right around the world, wear a poppy. It is a symbol of remembrance and hope and is proudly displayed, regardless of nationality, race, religion, gender or sexuality.
At VictoriaPlum.com, we are honoured to remember those who sacrificed their lives to give us the freedom we enjoy today, whilst we hope for a peaceful and prosperous future for the next generation.
Armistice Day and Remembrance Day
The 11th November is "the day the guns fell silent" at the end of the First World War, and is commemorated every year as Armistice Day. It was at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, that the ceasefire came into effect, signalling the end of the conflict. A 2-minute silence is observed annually at that exact time and date.
Remembrance Day takes place annually on the second Sunday in November, serving as a focal point for remembrance. It features the National Service of Remembrance, which takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, whilst many other cities, towns and villages across the UK hold their own services of remembrance.
What is the Poppy Appeal?
In the run-up to Remembrance Day, the Royal British Legion raise funds to help support the invaluable work they do with past and present members of the armed forces and their families.
How to donate to the Poppy Appeal
It's easy to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal. You'll see volunteers up and down the country collecting and giving out poppies on the street or outside shops. Simply pop whatever you can spare into their tins.
You can also donate online at the Royal British Legion.
Did you know?
- The poppy was chosen as a symbol of remembrance and hope, as it was found growing amongst the charred and blackened battlefields of Europe at the end of the First World War. Poppies were immortalised in the famous poem "In Flanders Fields":
- The first ever Poppy Appeal was organised by the Royal British Legion in 1921 and raised £106,000.
- Nearly 45 million poppies are sold each year, and in 2015 11.5 million were made by The Poppy Factory's team of disabled veterans at their factory in Richmond upon Thames along with, dependants, volunteers and home-workers. The factory also serves as a charity in its own right, helping to support veterans with health issues back into work.
- In the early days, demand was so high for the poppies that many didn't reach Scotland. To overcome this, a separate factory was set up in Edinburgh in 1926. To this day, the poppy design in Scotland differs slightly to those sold south of the border.
- All money raised goes to aid in the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen and women and supporting their families.
For more fundraising news and ideas, follow the Royal British Legion on Twitter @PoppyLegion.