I am not a badge of honour, I am not a racist smear, I am not a fashion statement, To be worn but once a year, I am not glorification... Of conflict or of war. I am not a paper ornament A token, I am more. I am a loving memory, Of a father or a son, A permanent reminder Of each and every one. I’m paper or enamel I'm old or shining new, I'm a way of saying thank you, To every one of you. I am a simple poppy A Reminder to you all, That courage faith and honour, Will stand where heroes fall
The Royal British Legion was founded
by veterans of the First World War who adopted the poppy as their
symbol of Remembrance and hope. Today the Legion is at the forefront of
The problems facing First World War veterans when they returned to the UK,
continue to affect serving personnel and veterans today: whether living with
bereavement or disability, finding employment, or coping with financial stress.
As the UK’s Custodian of Remembrance, the Legion is leading the nation in
respecting the sacrifices of the First World War. As the UK’s largest Armed
Forces charity, the Legion is leading in providing direct care and support to
Armed Forces and veteran families in need.