Sunday 8 November 2009

Remembrance Sunday

Today of course is Remembrance Sunday and time for the annual march past the Cenotaph at Whitehall. In the UK the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has raised over £1.2 million for current and ex service people.

The tradition of wearing a red Poppy was started by the American teacher Moina Bell Michael, who sold silk poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-service community. In 1920 the poppy was proclaimed the national emblem of remembrance in the US, and in the UK, the first poppy day was in 1921. Last year over 26m poppies were bought in the UK alone making the Poppy Appeal one of the most successful annual charitiy appeals in the country.

The full Remembrance service at the Cenotaph will be broadcast on BBC1 between 10:25 and 12:15 GMT today.

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