Royal British Legion

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Investigation Launched Into Lobbying By Retired Military Chiefs

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Politics

The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation after former military chiefs were reported to have boasted about lobbying top officials to secur...

Royal British Legion 'Devastated' By Theft Of Thousands Of Poppies

PA | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK

Around 6,000 poppies, service medals and memorial plaques have been stolen from a Royal British Legion centre. The items, along with poppy wreaths,...

Government U-Turn Over Chief Coroner Post

PA | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics

The coalition Government has been forced into a climbdown over controversial reforms to the inquest system. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke confirmed ...

Remembrance Day - The Silent Grief Which Fuels the Two Minute Silence

Robert Lee | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK
Robert Lee

The British way of remembrance is different to that of anywhere else. It is at once more high state ceremonial and yet more peculiar and intimate. There is nothing in the world to compare with the Festival of Remembrance, an event both regal and rococo which is extremely admirable and yet very odd. Held in the Royal Albert Hall with nearly the entire Royal Family in attendance, it is part church service, part military tattoo, and part entertainment.

Michael Rundle

Is The Poppy A Political Symbol? Just Like A Football Shirt, It Can Be If You Want

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

Fifa received much criticism for its decision to uphold a ban on the England and Wales football teams wearing poppies during matches. Its rules di...

No Poppies Allowed: Outrage As Fifa Ban England Football Team From Remembering War Heroes

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK

Fifa has banned the England football team from wearing poppies in honour of Remembrance Day during their friendly against Spain, saying no team is all...

Why You Risk the Wrath of the Righteous Few if You Leave Your Poppy at Home

The Guyliner | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Wear your poppy with pride, yes - and I shall once more this year - but don't feel that little red paper flower gives you special dispensation to shame those who don't. That is not the brand of freedom our soldiers fought for.

"Dulce et decorum est"... to Wear a Poppy

Hannah Wallis | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK
Hannah Wallis

It's impossible to know even a fraction of the personal stories, or the tales of individual acts of patriotism and valour that went on in those four horrendous years, and with the death of Harry Patch in 2009, the First World War has now all but passed out of living memory. But that doesn't mean that we can't be grateful for the collective, incalculable sacrifice that was made so that we've got freedom now.

Forces Gather To Celebrate British Legion's 90th Anniversary

PA | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Military veterans and their families are due to gather for a service to mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. ...

Royal British Legion Drops News of The World In Response To Hacking Allegations

The Huffington Post | Dina Rickman | Posted 06.09.2011 | UK

The Royal British Legion has dropped the News of The World as a campaign partner in response to allegations made in several newspapers that its report...