SHE may only be 12-years-old, but Poppy Sale, born on Remembrance Day, will be proudly displaying her poppy this month. The youngster from Enstone near Chipping Norton said: “I always wear a poppy, and so does my sister Ruby, eight and my brother Fenton, six.
“Poppies mark the end of the war and are very important to show we support the people who risk their lives for us.”
In support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, the Oxford Mail is taking part in the Why I Wear My Poppy campaign. Poppy said: “I wear mine on my coat and last year I was very proud to take part in the Banbury Remembrance Day Parade as part of the 1st Middle Barton Guides.”
Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron has joined the Royal British Legion’s campaign. Posing with The Poppy Girls, who all have serving fathers and have released a record: The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye) to raise money for the military, Mr Cameron said: “I wear my Poppy because I think of the thousands of people who fought and died so that we could live in our country in freedom. “I wear my poppy because I think of all those who’ve served, and some who’ve lost their lives, in more recent conflicts: in the Falklands, in the Gulf, in Afghanistan.
“I wear my poppy to celebrate the incredible work of the Royal British Legion; helping soldiers, sailors, and airmen to cope with the problems of life. And I wear my poppy, as well, thinking of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, that we should commemorate properly in our country next year.”
At the homecoming parade of soldiers from 3 Logistic Support Regiment in Abingdon on Thursday, Joanne Ritchie, 32, a military wife from Dalton Barracks said: “I just think everyone should wear them because it is supporting the troops and all those who have fought for the country. I’ve got a poppy on my car as well.” Another military wife and full-time mum Shona Hooper, 26, said: “I always wear my poppy, every November. It supports the military and what they do, risking their lives. It gets people talking about it.” John Day, 68, a retired engineer at Pressed Steel, from Manor Court, Abingdon, was among those who lined the streets to watch the troops return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He said: “My grandfather fought in the First World War and my father in the second, so I am the first man in my family not to serve. “I know from their stories what sacrifices those men and women make.” His wife Angela, 65, a retired bookkeeper from Manor Court, Abingdon, said: “Our troops should never have been sent to Afghanistan in the first place but they have done a wonderful job. Whether you agree with it or not, we should never forget that they are fighting for us.” s In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, the Oxford Mail is asking its readers to take part in the Why I Wear My Poppy campaign.
We want you to send in photographs of yourselves wearing poppies and explain why you do.
You may even have a poppy on your car or van, or even your house?
Send your pictures, together with your name, address and phone number, plus why you wear your poppy to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @TheOxfordMail