Still worth remembering
Buying a poppy cross to remember ones helps those in still in need
The Royal British Legion had various launches of its 2006 annual Poppy Appeal at the end of October. In my own area of Cumbria, the RBL involved local schoolchildren as well as British Legion collectors, civic dignitaries and former service veterans. Below are a few personal views about this.
Although a proportion of the general people have the idea that the Poppy Appeal is largely about WW1 and WW2 it is more than that. The funds that are raised provide much good - often unseen – help to former servicemen and their families from any period from the First World War to the present day. I know of several people who have been able to get some modest help that has made a big difference to their quality of life. At the launch of the 2006 Poppy Appeal I read in the newspaper some of the people who are being helped are young servicemen in their mid twenties. Servicemen and women can be in need at a young age as much as those who are not so young.
Encouraging younger people to take an interest in the ‘Annual Remembrance’ is surely the only way it will ever survive. In some respects it is more important that the younger generations learn and remember what the Remembrance Services are about. At the very least, the people who made such great sacrifices in their service for the country are still worth remembering.