ALEXANDER OWEN, HEAD OF THE RBL’S ARMED FORCES ENGAGEMENT, SPOKE TO CHRISTOPHER JOLL
Christopher: What is the RBL’s stance on the white ‘peace’ poppy?
Alex: The RBL believes that the red poppy represents the sacrifices our armed forces community have made in the defence of our freedom and acknowledges the wider impact of conflict. It is a matter of personal choice as to whether people choose to wear a poppy and what this means to them. The RBL defends the right of anyone to wear different poppies, including white poppies.
Christopher: How and why is the RBL still relevant today?
Alex: The RBL was born out of the suffering of the First World War. Today, we are as committed as ever to making sure the armed forces community suffers no disadvantage for their service, providing access to welfare when they face hardships, recognising their achievements and remembering their sacrifices. Over the course of our history, we have seen huge changes in the armed forces community and the type of support they require has grown increasingly complex.