A poppy for remembrance

We’ve launched an exciting collaboration with The Royal British Legion, to help mark Remembrance Day with two very special badges

12 July 2019

Remembrance can mean different things to different people, depending on their experiences or memories.

A day of memorial and remembrance has been observed since the end of the First World War, giving countries an opportunity to remember those who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is traditionally marked on 11 November (or the nearest Sunday) with many services and ceremonies taking place across the world on this day. Poppy wreaths are often laid by representatives from the Armed Forces, ex-service people and youth organisations like ours.

We know that many units take part in Remembrance Day activities and events in their local areas. For example, in Ashford girls have decorated poppies with red and green glitter and sold them to raise money. Over in Chiswick, Brownies and Guides have made crochet and crepe paper poppies. Some units take part in local town processions and services, laying wreaths and parading their unit flags and others will observe a minute or two minute’s silence as a mark of respect.

Remember with a badge

This year, you can pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty with a badge.

We’ve teamed up with The Royal British Legion to produce two exclusive badges, using the Girlguiding trefoil and The Royal British Legion’s trademark two petal poppy.  These badges are a very special way to show your support for both Girlguiding and the Poppy Appeal. 50% of profits will go to Girlguiding, and 50% will go to RBL and Poppyscotland.

Get your badges now from our online shop or from your local volunteer shop.

The badges are a great way to mark Remembrance Day but can be worn all year round, giving you the chance to support both charities at once.

The poppy

You might be familiar with the paper poppies which are popular in November. The red poppy has been used as a symbol of Remembrance since 1921 and was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Field.”  Every year, over 40 million poppies are distributed by The Royal British Legion’s volunteers during the Poppy Appeal.

The well-known red poppy which often features a green leaf pointing to 11 o’clock – the time the war was ended - remains a humble, poignant symbol of Remembrance and hope for a better future.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is a charity which provides care and support to the Armed Forces community past and present, and their families. The charity is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its red poppy emblem. Their aims are to make sure the memories of those who have sacrificed live on through the generations and to help the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families have a more hopeful future.