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The Poppy Appeal

This week, leading up to our Remembrance Service on Friday, the EG pupils are selling poppy memorabilia during breaktimes, in aid of the Royal British Legion. The Legion provides information, advice and guidance to help the Armed Forces community find and access the support they need. This includes members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families all year round. Our contributions to the Poppy Appeal really do make a difference.

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields‘. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.


Why do I wear a poppy?
I’ll tell you if I may,
Because I believe remembrance
Is not only for one day.

I wear it for the fallen,
And for those falling still.
For those who come back broken
In body or in will.

For the parents, spouses, siblings
Where bereavement takes its toll.
Whose pain will never leave them,
It eats into their soul.

For the wino on the corner,
Of his old life nothing’s left.
Now he wishes when in battle
He had died a hero’s death.

For the lad who loved a kick-about
In the park with all his mates,
But now his legs are held together
With pins and metal plates.

For the selfless men and women
Whose final journey home
Is in a Union flag-draped coffin
On comrades’ shoulders borne.

For all those marching proudly
In Remembrance Day parades.
My poppy’s worn in gratitude
For the sacrifice they made.

by Anne Starr

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