THE MAYOR of Rugby has urged residents to support this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which launches on October 27.
Coun Carolyn Watson-Merret said: “The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is a major source of funding for its vital work supporting the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans and their families.
“Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage. It becomes a particular feature of the calendar each year when public, private, formal and informal Remembrance events take place throughout the UK.
“Rugby Borough Council will be co-ordinating arrangements for the Remembrance Service at the Memorial Gates, Hillmorton Road, Rugby which this year falls on Sunday November 13.
“The Royal British Legion was founded over 100 years ago and, while Remembrance is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the World Wars, it is also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.
“The 40th anniversary of the Falklands War was commemorated on April 2 this year, providing further opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives.
“Donating to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and wearing the official symbol of Remembrance is greatly appreciated by those it helps – those currently serving in our Armed Forces, our veterans, their families and dependants.
“I would, therefore, urge everyone to join with me and wear a poppy with pride.”