Why I remember and wear a poppy

By Corowa Free Press

The Corowa RSL Sub-Branch will be conducting a poppy appeal in the main street of Corowa, outside Woolworths and in front of IGA, on November 8 and 9.

One hundred per cent of the proceeds will support current and former veterans and their families in time of need.

This year represents the centenary, 100 years since the cessation of hostilities to end the first world war – the war to end all wars.

The poppy reflects the poem ‘In Flanders Field’, written by Canadian Physician Lt. Col. John McCrea on May 3, 1915.

The poppy was one of the first flowers to bloom on the devastated battlefields of Flanders and since 1921 they have been used is remembrance of those who fell during times of war.

The poppy appeal holds a special place in the hearts of all Australians. This is reflected by an article, written by a young woman, titled ‘An Aussie Abroad’. 

“In Australia, the 11th of November is used as a day of remembrance and contemplation. We observe a minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of that day back in 1918 when the guns fell silent,” the article reads.

“We remember those who have fought for not only our country, but for the freedom of others and for those who paid the ultimate price and sacrifice. 

“I wear a poppy to remember all those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and either dies or lost loved ones on foreign and native soil, fighting for freedom for all. 

“I wear one to remember the mothers whose sons would never return, the women whose husbands or beaus left them alone, never to return again and the children who never grew up with both parents, only having a picture on the wall to remind them of who had been lost. 

“I wear a poppy because of the mood and blood, screams and cries, smoke and gas that changed the face of the earth and forever change those who experienced it and survived. 

“I wear one to acknowledge, remember and thank all those men and women who have served their country, who have done it not for glory or admiration but because they thought it right and just.

“I wear one to salute those who have returned with damaged bodies or minds, who will never be able to leave the fields of war, even if they spend the rest of their lives living in a place of peace.

“I wear one to remember, because those who fought history are doomed to repeat it. I wear one because it seems even more important to do so with the state the world is in at the moment.

“I wear one because for me it is impossible not to.”

As a range of veterans, young and old, are finding themselves and their families in dire need of assistance, both physical and mental, it is important to raise as much money as possible from the poppy appeal to assist them in their time of need. 

This November, wear a poppy with pride and say ‘thank you’ for our dedicated service men and women, past and present. In anticipation, the Corowa RSL Sub-Branch thanks the wonderful community for their gracious contributions.