Wear your poppy with pride

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Over the coming days, across the nation and particularly here in Hastings and St Leonards, there will be the opportunity or all to purchase and wear with pride a poppy.

The Royal British Legion which, at a local level, is a wholly voluntary organisation, seeks through its many helpers to offer us the opportunity to remember the great debt of gratitude we owe to those who gave life or limb for the freedoms we enjoy.

The remembrance afforded by the poppy is however two fold. Firstly, of course, to remember the sacrifice of so many, but secondly to remind us all to be vigilant so as to avoid such conflicts in the future. But there is a practical reason too- namely the need to continue to support the brave men and women and their families who still bear the cost of the commitment that they made.

In this special year marking the outbreak of the First World War it is salient to remember that yet again today we as a nation still face external threats which, whilst different, must be challenged and that’s why our armed uniformed forces still rightly rely on the support of us all to help them in that task.

I am honoured to be the local president of the British Legion and in that context I would invite this year all who can to attend the Remembrance Service in Alexandra Park at 11am on Sunday November 9th (or elsewhere if it’s more convenient) and then perhaps the annual Festival of Remembrance at the White Rock on the evening of Sunday 9th November at 7pm.

Whether you attend one of these events or whether you just purchase a poppy, the British Legion is grateful to your contribution to assist in the work that it does.

Michael Foster

Branch President

Hastings and St Leonards Royal British Legion