Commemorative poppy released
A special poppy badge and a hand-crafted crocheted poppy that commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 are among the range of poppies and other materials people can buy to mark Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 11.
All funds raised from the Poppy Appeal assist past and present servicemen and women and their families in times of need with the Victorian branch of the RSL this year aiming to raise $3 million.
RSL members and volunteers will be in the streets of towns throughout the shire from early next month selling items that range in cost from $50 to $3.
The special badge marking 100 years since the Armistice was signed to end World War 1 is available for $30 and the hand-crafted poppy for $10.
They will also be available at many local businesses and schools that support the appeal each year.
In addition to the poppies there are key rings available for $4 and wrist bands and pens for $3 each.
There is also a special $5 badge “remembering animals in war”.
State RSL president Dr Rob Webster said wearing a poppy was a way to thank those who have fought for Australia, many of whom gave their lives.
It was also a way to show support and thank younger veterans for their service, he said.
Dr Webster said it was tremendous that Victorians continue to buy new poppies each year as a small but significant thank you to those that have served or are serving today.
Warragul RSL volunteers will staff stalls at several locations in the town leading up to Remembrance Day as well as visit Neerim South and Yarragon.
The special $30 poppy badge struck this year to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 will be available along with many other items as part of the annual Poppy Appeal to support former and serving service people and their families at times of need.