Tarporley Poppy Appeal
The Poppy Appeal is an annual event by the British Legion in aim to support and remember those who have, and are serving our country.
What is the poppy appeal?
The poppy appeal is a time in the year when we come together to remember and support those who have, and are, serving for our country.
Its a time when the nation comes together to take a moment to stop and remember those who have fallen fighting for this country. It's also a time when we come together to support those who have and are serving.
Money is raised through fundraising in various ways (such as donations made for poppies) which all go towards supporting the armed forces and their families.
Why a poppy?
The life after death
During the 1st world war, as the soldiers fought, a red flower blossomed in the freshly overturned soil, enveloping the fields where they fought in blankets of red flowers.
The soldiers were quick to notice. One soldier (Lt Col John McCrae) was inspired by the poppies to write a poem, shortly after burying his friend, namely 'In Flanders Fields'.
The poem then went on to inspire an american woman, Moina Michael, to make poppies from silk, which where then brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin.
When is the Poppy Appeal?
The poppy appeal is run during the start of November, up until, and including, remembrance Sunday.
Throughout this time, there will be a range of activities nationally and in Tarporley, for example most local businesses and schools will have poppy boxes taking donations for the RBL, and the Army Cadet Force (Tarporley Detachment) do two days street collecting gaining donations for the RBL.
The day of remembrance & honour
Remembrance sunday falls on the second Sunday of every November.
This day is a day for the nation to honour and remember those who have fallen protecting our freedom.
In Tarporley, there is a parade, consisting of various groups from the community (including the cadets, high school and scouts) starting from the top of the high street (at Burton Square) which marches down the high street to St. Helens. Following a short service inside and then outside the church, the parade proceeds back up the high street to the Memorial Hospital, where a prayer is said and a hymm sang after laying a reef.
The parade then marches down the high street to the community centre, where it is dismissed.
In Flanders Field
In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.