“The Royal British Legion is delighted to be attending this year’s Diwali on the Square. 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and the Legion is leading a movement to say `Thank You` to the entire First World War generation: all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. As part of this movement we are thanking people of all Commonwealth nations - not just those who fell on the battlefield; but also those who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better future.
Almost 1.5million Hindu, Sikh and Muslim men volunteered with the Indian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Indian troops were awarded over 13,000 medals for gallantry during the war, including 11 Victoria Crosses. In addition British India provided 3.7million tonnes of supplies, 40 field ambulances, 2,327 doctors and 720 nursing orderlies. To say thank you for the service and contribution of the millions of men and women from British India the Legion has produced a limited run of khadi poppies. These poppies are identical to the Legion red poppy except that they are made of khadi, a material popularised by Mahatma Gandhi on his spinning wheel.
The Legion will not accept donations in return for this poppy but asks that you wear it to say “Thank You” to the First World War generation and encourage others to do the same. So please come visit our stand or one of our distribution points to collect your khadi poppy. Together, we can ensure that all those who sacrificed so much are remembered .
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