Poppy Appeal Wall: Veterans stories shared on installation

The red wall of poppies shares the stories of veterans who have been helped by the Royal British Legion

A wall of poppies featuring the stories of those who served in the armed forces has been unveiled in London. The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its annual poppy appeal with the installation in central London. The poppy became a symbol of remembrance for those killed in World War One and is now often worn as a tribute to those still serving.

D-Day veteran Bernard Morgan, 98, was among those who shared their experience of the armed forces on the wall. Mr Morgan was a codebreaker during World War Two and became the youngest RAF sergeant to land on Gold Beach in Normandy on 6 June 1944.

The red wall covered in paper flower tributes, dedicated to military personnel and their families, was recently unveiled in Hay’s Galleria. Veterans who have been helped by the charity are featured on the wall and the public is being invited to pick the paper flowers from the installation to reveal their stories.

Clive Jones, another contributor, said it was wonderful and he was “very proud to be here”. The former Welsh Guardsman who was blinded in an unprovoked assault 21 years ago said: “Adjusting to civilian lifestyle really wasn’t easy and the Royal British Legion has been there for me and my family since the start.”

Wearing a poppy is a “mark of respect and pride” said the veteran, adding that: “I think it’s very important that you wear the poppy and donate where you can.”

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Remembrance Sunday 2022 is on the 13th of November. Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom as a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It is held on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in World War I in 1918)

The poppy is worn around the time of Remembrance Sunday

(traditionally from All Souls’ Day (2 November)

until the later of; Remembrance Day (11 November) or Remembrance Sunday)

Many of our local shops have poppies and collection boxes on display.

Eddie and I always wear our poppies at this time of year.

We will remember them, and say thank you to the brave men and women,

past and present who fight to preserve our freedoms.

All the best Jan

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