On 11 November 1921, the first ever cloth Poppies were sold and more than nine million had been made, but such was the nation’s desire to remember those lost during the Great War, that they sold out almost immediately. That first Poppy Appeal raised more than £106,000 – a significant sum of money at that time – and the funds were used to help support Veterans find jobs and homes.
The Poppy has become an enduring symbol of our gratitude and every year since then, tens of millions of people across the world wear a Poppy as a visual pledge of honour to remember those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. In the days leading up to November 11, Poppies can usually be seen in every corner of this great country. This show of support and display of remembrance would not be possible without the efforts of thousands of Legionnaires who volunteer to distribute Poppies to the community through schools, community organisations, local businesses, council buildings etc.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed upon us all as a result of the Coronavirus, events and fundraising efforts will take on a different format to those held in previous years.
Dumfries and Galloway Council are asking for your support to show appreciation in alternative ways this year – let us all remember together by displaying a Poppy alongside the rainbow in your windows on the week running up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, 11 November 2020. We would be grateful if you could kindly spread the word throughout your local communities, with neighbours and friends etc. We would love you to receive photographs of your designs or indeed of any that you see when out and about for our Community Bulletin, social media etc and these can be sent to us at Community.Councils@dumgal.gov.uk.