Today is the 11th of November, it's Rememberance Day, although officially it is celebrated on the closest Sunday which this month is the 14th. However, today I will be wearing my poppy with pride as I remember.
Traditionally Rememberance Day is to remember those fallen in the Great Wars but for me, it's a little closer to home. For the first time, the Royal British Legion have a Field of Rememberance for those who have fallen in the Afghanistan War. The picture above shows just some of those brave heroes who now shine as stars in the sky.
This year the Royal British Legion are focusing their Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the families of those fallen or injured in the Afghanistan war. Their target is to raise £36m, if you would like to help the appeal please visit the Royal British Legion website
You may be wondering why this is so important to me? Well, my big brother is a Sargeant in the Royal Marines here in the UK and he has been for the last 9 years serving in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and he will be going back to Afghanistan again in Spring 2011 leaving behind his wife and gorgeous girls. No doubt I will blog about it when the time comes but for now, I am just doing my small part to raise awareness of the need for support that the familes of those who did not come home need.
And so, at 11am on the 11th of November:
At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we will Remember.
They shall not grow old as we that are left shall grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun,and in the morning
We will remember them.