Support for Poppy Appeal blossoms in Springvale

October 17, 2016 by  

Springvale RSL sub-branch is set to join businesses, community groups, and individuals around Victoria and the nation in the annual Poppy Appeal.

Held in the run-up to Remembrance Day each year, the event is supported by volunteers who sell pins featuring red poppies in an effort to fundraise for former and current service women and men in need. The event has often also been featured on holiday cards and calendars to highlight the event.

President of the sub-branch Graeme Evans said it was humbling to see so many members of the community come together for such a worthy cause as the Poppy Appeal.

The cause, according to RSL Victoria Appeals Manager Peter Smith, was one that resonated with Australians from around the nation.

He said wearing the pins gave everyone who purchased one a feeling of great pride as Remembrance Day approached.

Smith stressed that displaying the pin on a lapel, blouse or jacket is a mark of respect for fallen heroes who fought for the country while at the same time assisting those current and past members of the forces and their families when it is most needed.

Poppies have been a symbol of remembrance of the many loved ones lost during periods of war since 1921. The flowers led plants that bloomed on the battlefields of Belgium and France after World War I had ended.

The red poppies can be purchased as of the end of October.