The Ancre Somme Association is a registered charity who focus on education, Remembrance and supporting various veterans charities and Legacy Projects, around the UK.
Since the launch of the Ribbon of Poppies project in 2017 hundreds of Scout, Cub, Guide and Brownie groups have pledged support, as well as a number of schools and other community organisations.
Soon after the launch it soon became apparent to all involved that this project was going to bigger than just the United Kingdom as pledges started coming in from all four corners of the globe.
In 2018 members of the Ancre Somme Association felt that this project could be used to help educate future generations and they established the Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth.
This is now an annual campaign that will encourage the planting of poppy seeds, particulary by the younger generation, in memory of those members of the British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces killed in various wars and conflicts.
As we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE/VJ Day this year’s Ribbon of Poppies Campaign has already had pledges from Scout, Cub, Guide, Brownie, Boys Brigade and Cadet groups across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as a number of schools, councils and community organisations.
In addition this year we would ask you to consider planting out verges and hedgerows with wild flowers, incorporating the poppy, so that people travelling through your area will be reminded daily of the sacrifice paid so that we can live in peace.
Permission may need to be obtained to plant in these areas but cutting less, cutting later will save your council money and it will also help bring back the multitude of bees, butterflies, birds and bugs that are sadly disappearing from our countryside.
The Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth will remember all the men and women of every race, creed, colour or religion who gave their lives or suffered as a result of wars and conflicts.
They gave their tomorrow for our today.
“We will remember them”
Coordinate the creation of 'Living Memorials' in memory of our British, Commonwealth and Allied forces combined with educational resources on all conflicts on all fronts. Home and abroad.
Raise community awareness, especially that of our younger generations, regarding the impact of conflicts on previous generations through various interactive projects.
We recognise the sacrifice made by our British, Commonwealth and Allied Military and we will endeavour to ensure that their bravery, both past and present, is remembered through our support of our Armed Forces Charities and various Armed Forces legacy projects.