We will remember….

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

This poem is one that I am sure you have all heard, read out by friends or family members of service men and women who bravely served our country and lost their lives protecting ours.

I remember as a child chatting with my paternal grandfather about the Second World War, about how it changes people, how even those closest to soldiers still struggle to come to terms with their loved ones never coming home. I understand the feelings of grief of the sheer volume of unfairness that they feel. But I will always hold dear that I was with my dad at the end, I held his hand, I was there. My heart goes out to those children who have lost parents without being able to say goodbye.

It got me thinking about service folk who are out in the field at the moment and I came across Adopt a British Squaddie Set up in June 2010 by the founder, Mark Stephens, the group has gone on to support over 5,800 troops and sent 15,000+ parcels and letters to help boost morale and give a small taste of home. This is something I realised I wanted to be a part of, knowing that I could help make life on the front lines a little more like home. You can visit the site and register your interest and be a part of something really fantastic.

Keeping with the theme, on Sunday 11th November it is Remembrance Sunday, a chance for us all to pay our heartfelt respects to those who lost their lives. I don’t know about you but I wear my Poppy with pride, I want people to know that I support our heroes, those who died in service, who live on and our future heroes.

However this year I am wearing a different kind of poppy, I am wearing a swarovski poppy, which can be bought from Bling Online. They have a beautiful collection of poppy items including this striking ring that I have – with 15% going to The Royal British Legion I really feel like I doing my bit to support the troops and this ring is much easier to keep a hold of than the poppy’s you pin to your lapel or collar. I will keep this ring for years to come and not only will I wear it on Remembrance Sunday but I will also wear in year round and it will remind me to be grateful for the life I have.

This is the ring I have, had so many really lovely compliments about it

However if you are not a ring wearer, or if you really like the idea of wearing the poppy on your jacket you could also have the Lapel Pin or really sparkly earrings or my favourite is the friendship bracelet

Monday night saw the UK’s Pride of Britain Awards, where unsung heroes from around the UK are honored. I spotted a few of the celebs were wearing the Kleshna Crystal Poppy. Emma Bunton, Joey Essex and Nel McAndrew

Bling Online are also on twitter and facebook and have a huge variety of other items, jewelry & gifts.

So this month please remember to buy a poppy, wear it with pride, show your respect for the people who have laid down their lives so that we might enjoy ours.

I will keep you updated on my squaddie adoption and let me know if you get one of the poppies, or in fact adopt a squaddie of your own

Love as always

E x