This is something that I found emotional this morning. The words 'Thank you'. This work of art is to say thank you to the many who sacrificed their lives, to those who gave their all during World War 1. This commemoratives the 100 years when so much was given to secure or freedom of today. Our grandparents and forefathers all served to give us what we have today. But how many times do we get to say thank you...? Have we ever stopped to think of what those brave men and women gave, not only in WW1 but WW2...? My grandfather served in WW1. He took a bullet to the head. Luckily, his helmet took most of the impact, but it left it's mark. If he had not worn it, I wouldn't be here today. That helmet still hangs in our shed as a reminder of him and what he and others did to give us the world that we have today.
We live in a world that we take for granted. We live with the expectation that things are done at a touch of a button. We don't see further than the ends of our nose, we don't look further than beyond the screen of our mobile phones, we don't remember those who gave their lives so that we can have a life that enables us to have this.
If you are reading this. Spare a minute or two to remember those in both World Wars. Shed a tear or two, as I am writing this and say THANK YOU to those who gave us a society where we are free, we are safe. These are forgotten heroes who should not be forgotten..... they should be thanked.
Please share.... #thankyou#royalbritishlegion#remember
So today marks the end of WW2 15th August 1945. 73 years on since VJ Day when the Japanese signed their surrender on board USS Missouri, finally ending the war that had been going on since 1939 firstly in the European Theatre of War and soon after the Pacific Theatre of War.
Many lives were changed, affected and a lot were cut short. Both my Grampy's and Step Grampy survived the war, but I have no doubt continued to fight the horrors every day of the lives since then in some form.
It seems almost fitting I am in the base right now they planned the Pearl Harbour attack from and that is the action that brought the Japanese and the US in to WW2.
We moan about Brexit, we moan about weather (oh too hot or too wet) but never mention how lucky we really are, that our own children, brothers or sisters, mothers or fathers aren't having to pick up arms to defend the world against the horrors like my Grandparents had to deal with for freedom.
Today my thoughts are with all those who never made it back in either theatres of war and also with those who are still battling today the scars.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning I will remember them.
Royal British Legion is asking us all to remember each of the 1.1m men and women who gave their lives in WWI. Take time to search and remember your relative or let a name be chosen for you of someone still to be remembered everyoneremembered.org
Proud to remember the memory and sacrifice of Ernest, my great granduncle, big brother to my Nan-Nan
A one day only art installation from The Royal British Legion to say Thank You to our service men & women. I arrived as Y was being wheeled away 🙄 but OU were impressive on their own 😂#artontour#thankyou#royalbritishlegion#plymouthhoe over to you Birmingham 😊
Here at little Gems we have made some products to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 1918-2018.
We love this poppy material and felt it was rather fitting.
Orders are welcome on all of these products between now and the end of November.
Due to new legislation via RBL we cannot promote any particular items, however Little Gems will be signing a contract to confirm they are one of our chosen charities and we will be making a donation to them at the end of November.
Glass case -£8
Zip bag -£10
Medium key lanyard -£4
Lavender filled heart - £4
(Plus 50p p&p if required) #remember#rbl#royalbritishlegion#poppy#thankyou#rememberence#hundredyears#fabric#support#charity#handmade#soldiers
We’ve got staff out in Plymouth today helping people to show thanks for those who fought, made sacrifice and served in WW1 and those who changed our world. It has been very well received and the people of Plymouth have written some lovely messages today! #thankyou100#royalbritishlegion#ww1#eventprofs#support
Day 4 marathon row training.
1st goal achieved. Rowed 10k at a good pace. Stroke rate improved significantly to maintain a good 500m pace. First 5k felt good, second 5k lower back started to ache so was stretching out in between strokes hence a slower pace.
Pushed out the last 500m at 1m46s maintaining a 15spm average.
Will do the same on Wednesday. #wolfram#crossfit#rowing#marathonrow#royalbritishlegion
The Parachute regiment memorial at @nat_mem_arb was definitely one of the most striking. The incredible craftsmanship that went into making this is just beautiful. Bellepheron with his spear in hand mounted on Pegasus atop the plinth with the modern day para pulling his bergan up the hill. It took two years for sculptors Charlie Langton & Mark Jackson to complete. Mark now a sculptor is also a Para veteran & talks of the honour of being able to create something to honour his fallen comrades.
My daddy @willyhamsandwich will be running the Great South Run (10 miles!!) this year, where he will be raising money for the The Royal British Legion on the 21st of October this year.
Of course mum and I will be there to support him and cheer him on and meet him at the finish line!
The @royalbritishlegion provide lifelong support for the armed forces community, serving men and women, veterans and their families (see www.britishlegion.org.uk for more info) . This charity is very close to our heart.
If you have some spare change to give feel free to support my dad on here (the link is in my bio for easy access): https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/willgreatsouth
We hope you're having a wonderful weekend and we would be very grateful for any amount or support. ❤️
Redditch Branch were at the Bandstand event in town yesterday, raising awareness of how the Legion supports our beneficiaries and also raising funds for the Poppy Appeal. The weather held out and we spoke to lots of lovely residents. We are looking forward to the next one in September. Keep an eye out for us next weekend at Morton Stanley Festival.