Poppy Appeal – make a Poppy

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Poppy Appeal – make a Poppy with the WI.

This year, the centenary of the end of WW1, we support the Royal British Legion and their world famous Poppy Appeal.

Please come and join the ladies of the WI and make your own knitted or crochet Poppy, all for a donation to the Poppy Appeal.

When and how did the poppy become a symbol of Remembrance?

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial to the fallen was first realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One. Inspired by McCrae’s poem, an American War Secretary, Moina Michael, bought poppies to sell to her friends to raise money for Servicemen in need after the First World War. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion in 1921 as a symbol for the Poppy Appeal in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces. The symbol of the poppy today represents Remembrance of the past and hope for the future.