Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Poppy - a History of The Poppy Appeal

Around this time of year we see poppies being sold everywhere, we buy them or make a donation and pin them on. But how many of us actually know why we do this or the story behind the symbol of the poppy?

The poppy does not glorify war. Rather, it is a reminder of why we should not repeat the cycle of history. More importantly, the poppy is the rallying call for us to support members of the Armed Forces and their families. The Royal British Legion does sterling work to support our veterans and servicemen and servicewomen in crisis. Some of their stories can be found here.

For this year's Poppy Appeal, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s famous poem, In Flanders Fields, is being recreated across seven locations. The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to #RethinkRemembrance and consider the meaning of the poppy as both a symbol of Remembrance and hope.

It is often difficult to teach children about remembrance and the importance of the poppy as a symbol of hope. I have created two resources that are aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11 (although they could be used with older pupils too). The first is all about Remembrance Day, while the second tells the history of the poppy and why we wear it. Both are available in my shop and all proceeds will be donated to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Let's give them lots of support by sharing this widely. Thank you for your support.

By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

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