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Remembrance Sunday in Norway
There will be Remembrance Day services and wreath laying ceremonies in Oslo and Stavanger. Poppies available at the British Embassy Oslo.
Oslo area - Sunday 10 November 2013
The Annual Remembrance Sunday observance and wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Commonwealth War Graves Plot, Vestre Gravlund at 1415 hrs on Sunday 10 November. The customary church service at Frogner Kirke will follow at 1500 hrs. All members of the public are welcome to attend these events.
Stavanger area - Sunday 10 November 2013
Annual Remembrance Day services will be held on Sunday 10 November at the British and Commonwealth War Graves in Eiganes cemetery Stavanger and Sola cemetery. Timing will be 1100 hrs at Eiganes and 1200 hrs at Sola and each service will last about 20 minutes. All members of the public are welcome to attend these services. It will be possible to purchase poppies in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Sale of poppies
Poppies will be on sale at The British Embassy from Monday, 28 October.
The Royal British Legion’s 2013 Poppy Appeal
Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal. The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2013 will kick off with a pop concert for Armed Forces families at RAF Northolt on Thursday 24 October. The Poppy Appeal is one of the nation’s largest and most loved fundraising campaigns in support of the British Armed Forces community. Up to 2,500 tri-Service personnel, their partners and children will join the Legion to launch the Poppy Appeal, which this year focuses on support for Armed Forces families.
History of the Poppy Appeal
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders’ Fields”, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. The Legion adopted the poppy for its fundraising in 1921 - and so the tradition began.
In 1922 Major George Howson, a young infantry officer, formed the Disabled Society to help disabled ex-Service men and women from the First World War. Howson suggested to the Legion that members of the Disabled Society could make poppies, and the Poppy Factory was subsequently founded in Richmond in 1922. The original poppy was designed so that workers with a disability could easily assemble it and this principle remains today.