Thursday 11 November 2010

Never Forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

By John McCrae, 1915

I'm a little late getting this posted as I wanted it to go live at 11am but better late than never & at least I did observe the 2 minutes silence.  Every year I get involved in the Poppy Appeal as my friend organises the collections for the area I live in.  If you have any spare time I'm sure your local organiser would be thrilled to have some extra help - you have no idea how much work is involved in delivering the collection tins, organising volunteers to go out collecting and adding up the money.  I will be collecting poppy tins from the local shops on Saturday ready for the big count on Sunday afternoon - it takes hours counting and bagging up the money collected but it is so satisfying to see how much people have generously donated.

If you don't have time to offer please, please try to make a donation if you haven't already, it doesn't have to be much but every penny really does help.  Buy a Poppy & wear it with pride to show you support your Armed Forces past and present.  The Royal British Legion does some amazing work and it's the donations that they receive from us that make it possible for them to continue.  We must not forget those who have died, and those who continue to fight and die for our freedom.

For more information check out The Royal British Legion website.  You can also make donations to the Poppy Appeal here

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