They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
– ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon
Today is Remembrance Sunday, and marks Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11am in 1918.
As a military wife, military brat and now proud mama to my own military brat, this is always a busy and important time of year. In fact, preparations often begin in June, which might sound crazy, and it is a little, but my Mum is the local Poppy Appeal Organiser in my home town and poppies, in their thousands need to be ordered well in advance.
Every year I help with organising volunteers, collections and counting the generous, and ever increasing donations made. It’s a charity that as a family, we’re proud to support. In the past, my husband, when work commitments have allowed, has stood proudly in his uniform selling poppies.
It’s always amazing to stand next to him in uniform and see the reaction from passers by. To say that I am a proud military wife is an understatement, and when people stop to shake his hand, ask about his medals and his service, there is no where else in the world I would rather be than by his side.
It always surprises me how many people, especially the older generations, who themselves have served, take the time to stop and show their respect to my husband. Service for Queen and country is respected, honoured and amongst comrades old and new, it is a bond that no one else can understand. It’s an exclusive club, that not many have the privilege of belonging to. My husband is one of the lucky ones.
I couldn’t imagine not being a military wife. It’s not always been easy, at times it’s tested us, but it’s never broken us, and it never will.
The Royal British Legion is especially important to us as they look after serving and ex-servicemen, women and their dependents who are in need, financially or otherwise. Which means, if ever we are in need, money raised could one day help support both my parents, me and my boy, as well as many of our friends and their families.
Supporting The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is something we do with pride, and without question. In the past our cockapoo Poppy (well, she is a military pet after all!) has helped, and this year marks the first year that our very own military brat, little N, has volunteered.
Here’s just a few photos from the past eight years…