As you prepare to lay your loved one to rest, you are not alone; we are with you.
Many of our Sub Branches can provide a Poppy Service to complement the funeral of a service man or woman. We consider it an honour and privilege to farewell those who served our country.
“I personally – and others from my Sub Branch – have a great sense of pride in being able to assist in this ceremony for our departed comrades.” – Peter Beauchamp OAM, President, Manly Lota RSL Sub Branch .
As part of a Poppy Service, an RSL representative will:
- deliver a eulogy, detailing the veteran’s service
- recite The Ode
- sound The Last Post and Rouse
- provide poppies for mourners to place on the coffin in recognition of service.
“Through the poppy service, a service man or woman does not depart this world on their own. This service commemorates their contribution to the defence and freedom of the Australian nation.” – Neil Finlay, advocate, Greenbank RSL Sub Branch.
If your loved one was an RSL member, you can talk to their RSL Sub Branch about the possibility of conducting a Poppy Service. If they weren’t a member, or you aren’t sure, contact your nearest RSL Sub Branch to see if they conduct Poppy Services.