poppyAt catalyst2 we are proud to offer a wide range of managed hosting services to some incredible organisations. One organisation that stands out is the Royal British Legion. This wonderful organisation, created on 15 May, 1921 in the aftermath of the Great War, continues to provide life long support to members of the Armed Forces and their families. As we all pin a poppy to our lapel with pride, in tribute to the fantastic work they do, this is our tribute to the Royal British Legion.

The Poppy – an enduring symbol of remembrance

Created after WWI, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is an enduring symbol of remembrance and hope. It’s a very personal symbol, worn to commemorate individual memories and benefiting the veterans, families and dependants, and serving members of the Armed Forces that the Legion support. It’s red because of the fragile yet resilient poppies that scattered the fields of Flanders where some of the most terrible battles of WW1 played out. A beautiful symbol inspired by Lt Col John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ it was spectacularly used in the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London. Millions continue to be sold and worn every year as Britain remembers and commemorates its war dead on 11 November.

Live On

In 2014 the Royal British Legion introduced ‘Live On – To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living’. This is the Legion’s way of highlighting not just the valuable act of remembrance they perform, but their year long welfare work with veterans, old and young. This charitable work supports not just servicemen themselves, but their families and dependants. The Legion offer a huge range of support: from help and advice on everything from debt to a new career, to holidays and recovery centres for the wounded. For older veterans they offer support with specialised nursing care, like dementia, and care homes where veterans can live out their retirement in peace, security and comfort.

So wear your poppy with pride this November. As proud hosts of britishlegion.org.uk, at catalyst2 we certainly will.