Each year St Helena supports the Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Appeal is the Legion’s largest fundraising campaign and each year has a different focus.
The Remembrance Poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died at war. Inspired by the World War Poem “In Flanders Fields”, they were first used by the American Legion to commemorate American Soldiers who died in the war (1914-1918). Today, they are mainly used in the UK and Canada to commemorate their servicemen and women who have been killed in all conflict since 1914. The Remembrance Poppy is especially prominent in the UK and on St Helena in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
On Saturday 25 October and Saturday 1 November 2014, the Poppy Appeal will be raising money in the lower Jamestown area through the distribution of poppy wristbands, lapel pins, emblem stickers, badges, bracelets and standard poppies. Uniformed contingents (ex servicemen, Salvation Army, Scouts and Guides) will be making their way through Main Street and members of the public are encouraged to support the cause and have their poppies in advance of Remembrance Day.
This year the Remembrance Day service will be held on Sunday 9 November 2014.
21 October 2014