Ahead of United’s home game against Yeovil Town on Saturday, the Blues will pay tribute to fallen servicemen and women as part of our Remembrance Day commemorations.
Representatives of the Royal British Legion – from the Navy, Army and Air Force [local former and serving members] – will carry a wreath to the centre circle ahead of kick off on the day as we remember those who have fallen whilst serving their country.
We will be holding a minute’s silence, once the players have completed the pre-match formalities, and a signed shirt from the fixture will be auctioned as part of the EFL shirt poppy auction. Click HERE for more details of the auction.
Collectors will be inside and outside the stadium – please give as generously as you can – and 10% from every Match Programme sold will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. A special programme cover has been designed to commemorate Remembrance Weekend.
Your poppy supports the Armed Forces community, past and present.
The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.
By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and service personnel that need our support.
The first Poppy Appeal was held in 1921, the founding year of The Royal British Legion. Red silk poppies, inspired by the famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields, sold out instantly and raised more than £106,000. The funds helped WW1 veterans find employment and housing after the war.
The following year, the Poppy Factory was set up, employing disabled ex-Servicemen to create the poppies to sell during the appeal. Today, the factory still produces millions of poppies each year.
What is the Poppy Appeal?
The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance.
Each year, an army of volunteers distribute iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work we do for the Armed Forces community.
Members of the public wear the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance: to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict. A number of Remembrance events, such as Remembrance Sunday, are held during the Poppy Appeal to commemorate the fallen.
For more information visit www.britishlegion.org.uk