RSL NSW is encouraging members to pass a poppy onto members of the younger generation of veterans in honour of Remembrance Day.
As Commonwealth nations mark the day on November 11, poppies can be passed in order to keep memories of the fallen alive, honour the veteran identity and offer younger veterans a place in the RSL community.
A popular symbol of remembrance, the red poppy embodies the idea of keeping alive the memories of those who lost their lives or suffered in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
Though the day started to commemorate those who were lost in World War I, it is now seen as an opportunity to commemorate all veterans who have served.
RSL NSW president Mick Bainbridge said passing the poppy is a symbolic act to welcome veterans into the RSL community.
"The move symbolises not just membership of the community, but a responsibility to honour the memories of previous generations of veterans, and maintain the community and support network into the future," he said.
"It is our wish to instill into younger generations the importance of commemorations such as Remembrance Day, encouraging Australians of all ages to show their support for veterans and their families."
In 2022-23 RSL NSW membership rose by more than 10 per cent and today the average age of new members is 58 - down from 78 four years ago.
RSL NSW, with its charity partner RSL LifeCare Veteran Services, provides support for veterans and their families including mateship, DVA claim and financial support, employment programs, housing and homelessness services, and a range of other programs.
Sunrise Service - Poppy Projection: Campbell's Cove Lookout, Sydney Opera House from 4.45am on November 11
Official Remembrance Day Service: The Cenotaph, Martin Place from 10am on November 11
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