It is a very special event that plays an intrinsic role in honouring those who have served, and today the annual Poppy Appeal was launched ahead of this year’s Remembrance Day.
The Appeal which is the RSL’s major fundraising initiative was launched at the Field of Remembrance on North Terrace.
Hundreds of miniature white crosses planted by schools and veterans groups form the Field of Remembrance on the lawns adjacent to Government House.
The Poppy Appeal provides funds for current and former members of the Defence force, and their dependants, at times of need.
Poppies will be on sale at the Field of Remembrance until Remembrance Day. Poppies are also on sale throughout SA at RSL sub-branches and Woolworths shopping centres.
RSL volunteers and current ADF staff will be selling poppies at sporting events including:
A League football (Adelaide United vs Melbourne City) Hindmarsh Stadium, November 5
Sheffield Shield cricket (SA vs WA), Adelaide Oval, November 6 – 9
SAJC race day, Morphettville, November 7
Australian Baseball League (Adelaide Bite vs Melbourne Aces), Norwood Oval, November 7.
Julia Langrehr, RSL-SA CEO, was joined at the launch by Kirsty Low, ex-submariner with the Royal Australian Navy and now employee with ASC who are Australia’s submarine maintainer and shipbuilder, and are continuing their support of the RSL as the 2015 Poppy Appeal Partner.
Students from Mitcham Primary School and St Aloysius College were at the launch planting crosses for the two Battalions they have adopted – the 2/48th Battalion and the 2/43rd Battalion.
For more information on the 2015 Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day just head here.