Members of the public were invited to make a donation and take a paper poppy from the six-metre wide wall of paper flower tributes, unveiled in Hay’s Galleria in central London, uncovering the stories of military personnel helped by the charity.
Stories include those from veterans who have served in conflicts from the Second World War to Afghanistan, spouses who have lost loved ones in service, and children who have spent time apart from their parents while they were away on duty.
D-Day Veteran Bernard Morgan, from Crewe, was a codebreaker during the Second World War and became the youngest RAF sergeant to land on Gold Beach in Normandy on June 6 1944. His story is one of many to adorn the wall, which is dedicated to both military personnel and their families.
Another beneficiary, Clive Jones, spoke of how the RBL helped him with the challenge of adjusting to civilian life after conflict, as he attended the launch. Mr Jones, a former Welsh Guardsman was blinded in an assault 21 years ago and struggled with depression before joining the RBL’s multi-activity “Battle Back” centre.