HMS Lancaster Crew Take Part in 2013 Poppy Appeal
The red poppy is one of the most iconic symbols of remembrance and a Royal Navy ship is wearing hers with pride. The company of HMS Lancaster have taken time out of their busy patrols in the Caribbean to remember the brave men and women who have given their lives, or been injured, in the line of duty.
Thousands of miles from home, the ship’s company mustered on the flight deck and paid their respect by creating a bright red poppy, bowing their heads in silence.
HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said:
“It is a great honour and a privilege for me and my ship’s company to make this small gesture to all those who have served and been affected by war and conflict.
“I hope this will help symbolise the eternal respect and honour that we all have for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Royal Navy personnel from across the Service have been donning their poppies and putting into words why they are wearing their poppies ahead of Remembrance Day on 11 November.
Taking the photo onboard HMS Lancaster was Leading Airman (Phot) Jay Allen, who said:
“I wear my poppy to remember the fallen, the injured and the brave, and the sacrifices they have made, and to show that I remember them.”
The 2013 Poppy Appeal was launched at the end of October and every poppy helps raise the £1.6 million needed by the Royal British Legion deliver practical help and advice to the Armed Forces community.
Press Release, November 8, 2013; Image: Royal Navy