In the year that marks 100 years since the birth of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance and hope, The Royal British Legion is encouraging people in Lincolnshire to support the Poppy Appeal for the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.
This call to action came from the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth who is due to launch the Legion’s Poppy Appeal at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, near Spilsby on Saturday (October 25) at noon. There will also be an opportunity, through a raffle, to win a seat in the ground taxi run of ‘Just Jane’ the Aviation Centre’s Lancaster Bomber. There will be a parade of legion and ex-service associations standards with music provided by the Mareham Le Fen Victory Silver Band, there will also be a stall selling poppy items in aid of the Poppy Appeal and the centre’s NAAFI will be selling light refreshments. This event is open to the public and visitors should aim to arrive by 11.30am.
County President Wing Commander Simon Erskine Crum OBE said: “As we mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, it’s as important as ever to wear a poppy and remember the sacrifices and commitment made by our armed forces both then and now. The message behind this year’s Poppy Appeal is Live On – to the memory of the fallen and future of the living, which captures perfectly why it’s so important to donate to the appeal and wear a poppy. Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”
The fundraising target in Lincolnshire is £800,000 which will go towards the Legion’s national target of £40 million to continue its vital work delivering practical, through life care and support to the Armed Forces community.
Royal British Legion director of fundraising Charles Byrne said: “The Poppy Appeal 2014 embraces the dual role of The Royal British Legion as the custodians of Remembrance and provider of welfare support to the Armed Forces community. The poppy is a powerful symbol which is worn to commemorate all those who have fought and died in our Armed Forces and show support for those still serving today and their loved ones.
“We’re encouraging people to dig deep for this year’s Poppy Appeal to help us raise £40 million, so we can continue providing our vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the Services, and importantly their families too.”