‘Make sure you buy a poppy this year’ says PM

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BORIS Johnson bought his poppy from the Royal British Legion volunteers using his contactless bank card this year.

The PM showed his support for this years poppy appeal which has been hit hard by the covid pandemic.

According to the Royal British Legion there are 12,000 fewer collectors on the streets raising money for veterans and their families.

The Prime Minister tweeted: “We will not let these difficult times stop us from doing proper honour to those who gave their lives for our freedom and safety. Make sure you buy a poppy this year – be it online or at the supermarket – to support the families of those who have given so much. #EveryPoppyCounts

The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the first world war ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields.

Ever since then, poppies have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country.

The money raised from these donations is used to help servicemen and women who are still alive, whose lives have been changed by wars that they fought in.

The money helps veterans who may need to find new jobs or somewhere to live, or any other support they may need. It is also used to help those who have lost loved ones because of wars.

Show your support at rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal

Photos by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

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