Com­mem­o­ra­tive poppy re­leased

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM -

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.

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