TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE FUTURE OF THE LIVING
Your Returned & Services League poppy or badge helps us to provide thousands of aged and modern veterans, service men and women and their families with vital advice and support. Don't just wear a poppy for the memory of the fallen, wear it for the future of the living.
What is Remembrance Day?
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. It marks the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.
After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead.
Why do we wear Poppies on Remembrance Day?
During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. The poppy soon became widely accepted throughout the allied nations as the flower of remembrance to be worn on Armistice Day.
The Australian Returned Soldiers and Sailors Imperial League (the forerunner to the RSL) first sold poppies for Armistice Day in 1921. For this drive, the league imported one million silk poppies, made in French orphanages. Each poppy was sold for a shilling: five pence was donated to a charity for French children, six pence went to the League's own welfare work, and one penny went to the League's national coffers. Today the RSL continues to sell poppies for Remembrance Day to raise funds for its welfare work. ref: Australian War Memorial
Important dates to remember
100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles - Tuesday 19 July 2016
100th Anniversary of Pozieres - Saturday 23 July 2016
Battle of Lone Pine, Turkey - 6 August 2016
End of the Indonesian Confrontation 50th anniversary - 11 August 2016
50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - Thursday 18th August 2016
Remembrance Day Commemoration Service - Tamworth Town Hall - Friday 11th November 2016