Royal British Legion

Why Isn't The Poppy Appeal More Inclusive?

Matt Fernley | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Matt Fernley

So it's November and the beginning of November has always been synonymous for me with the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Normally I am working and the appeal just drifts around me. I buy my poppy and I might watch the Remembrance service from the Royal Albert Hall or the Cenotaph if I'm free.

The Red Poppy Appeal Insults Victims Of War

Symon Hill | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK
Symon Hill

90% of people killed in war are civilians. But apparently civilians don't count. Remembrance is only for armed forces personnel from the UK and allied states.

Armistice Day To Be Marked With Silence - But A Lot Of Us Will Ignore It

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK

The nation is preparing to fall silent this morning to mark Armistice Day and remember those killed in Britain's wars. Veterans and their families ...

Remembrance and Pacifism Go Hand in Hand: Why I'm Proud to Wear a White Poppy Alongside My Red One

Owen Winter | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

There is no contradiction in wearing both a red and a white poppy. This Remembrance Day we should remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and also take a moment to question the causes and consequences of war.

Remembrance 2015: 'It Is Humbling to See What Families Go Through'

Mark Armstrong | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK
Mark Armstrong

The support our injured soldiers and bereaved families receive is unrecognisable from our predecessors and it is a comfort to a serving soldier now if he gets injured or he pays the ultimate sacrifice. He and his family will be looked after by a first rate support system providing both for them financially with lifelong help available if required.

The 92-Year-Old Poppy Seller Who Fell To Her Death After Being Hounded By Charities

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK

One of Britain’s longest-serving poppy sellers, who fell to her death in a gorge, “just had enough” of being hounded by charities and cold calle...

Can We Find the True Meaning of Christmas in a Penguin?

David Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
David Hall

Much as I relish the creativity of many of their efforts, I feel that this trend tells a worrying story both about the faltering attempts of business to redefine its place in the world and about our own need to grasp at almost anything to create meaning in our lives. In my book, we could do with rather more powerful stories at Christmas time. Any ideas?

Watch The Heartless Moment A Poppy Tin Was Swiped From A Sunderland Chippy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Police are hunting a thief suspected of stealing a poppy collection tin from a Sunderland Fish and Chip shop. The man is wanted after the Royal Bri...

Using One Million War Dead To Hock Groceries? Merry Sainsbury's Christmas Everyone

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

The World War One Centenary is a time to reflect one of the biggest wastes of human lives in the 20th Century. Why it happened, the lives it destroyed and how future wars can be averted are important lessons for our age. The ceramic poppies at the tower of London - 888,246 of them, each representing an extinguished human life - formed the centre of many moving tributes across the country.

RIP Harry Styles, Andy Murray And Tom Jones

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK

Andy Murray, Harry Styles and Alex Ferguson are among celebrities 'mourned' in a striking advertising campaign commemorating men who died in World War...

Are You Going #Lightsout Tonight To Mark WW1 Centenary?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Luminaries including Jeremy Paxman, Twiggy and David Gandy are joining the campaign to turn the lights out across Britain tonight, to mark the 100th a...

Top Four Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lorenzo Belenguer

For the first time in 30 years, Alan Titchmarsh, the BBC presenter, is designing and building a show feature. From the Moors to the Sea will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the UK's biggest community gardening campaign - RHS Britain in Bloom, as well as Alan's own 50 years in horticulture.

Royal British Legion In Hounslow Gutted By Fire

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK

A clubhouse belonging to the Royal British Legion suffered serious damage on Saturday when fire ripped through the building in Hounslow, West London. ...

Brothers Jailed For 'Despicable' Poppy Tin Thefts

PA | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

Brothers who admitted stealing Poppy Appeal collection tins have been jailed on Armistice Day with their crimes branded "despicable" by police. Ada...

Hate on War, But Don't Hate on Poppies

Louise Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

It is that time of year again where every poppy pinned to a lapel is joined by a newspaper column, blog or tweet on why no one should be wearing a poppy. To wear or not to wear a poppy is a debate raging everywhere, and unfortunately this controversy is dominating the discourse on commemoration and precluding the wider national debate we should be having on the subject.

It's David Cameron v the Big Society

Nick Lowles | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Lowles

I want greater transparency and a level playing field in politics for everyone involved. But this Bill is an affront to a modern democracy. It is unworkable, politically motivated and, probably, illegal. We must do everything we can to ensure that the little people have a voice and can be heard.

Arrested For 'Burning A Poppy'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

A man has been arrested for posting an image of a burning poppy on Facebook. Kent Police said in a statement that the man, from Aylesham, was detai...

Felicity A Morse

Remembrance Day 'Risks Glossing Over The Horrors Of War' | Felicity A Morse | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK

Remembrance Day risks becoming a divisive issue which "sugars over the horrors of war", an author and former BBC reporter has claimed. Ted Harrison...

Royal British Legion Appeal For Silence Across Social Networks

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

The Royal British Legion is launching a major campaign to extend Remembrance Sunday's two minute silence to social networks. Thousands of Facebook ...

The Other Poppies of War

Michael Freemantle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Opium poppy extracts and their chemical derivatives were and still are invaluable in relieving the suffering of the wounded. It is therefore safe to say that both the opium poppy and the red poppy, or least the artificial variety, have been employed to bring immense relief to members of the armed forces, albeit in totally different ways.

Is This The Best Way To Sell Poppies?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

As we approach Armistice day, the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is well and truly under way. The red symbols, worn to remember the sacrifice ...

Time the British Legion Redesigned its Poppy Collection Boxes

Max Atkinson | Posted 25.12.2012 | Home
Max Atkinson

I wrote to the British Legion about this last year, but received no reply. Collection boxes identical to those used last year have now arrived on our doorstep. So I'll have to try again in the hopes that they'll redesign it in time for next year's poppy appeal.

Poppy Appeal Gets David Cameron's Approval - And His Money

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK

David Cameron dug deep on Thursday to make his contribution to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The prime minister posed on the doorstep of N...

Felicity A Morse

What's So Controversial About Wearing A Poppy? | Felicity A Morse | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

As the British Legion launches its poppy appeal it seems wearing the little red flower has lost none of its potency. Political, patriotic, a sign ...

Poppy Appeal Begins With Trafalgar Square Concert

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal starts on Wednesday with a concert fronted by singers Alesha Dixon and Pixie Lott and soldier Sapper Clive Sm...