If ever there was a year in which we should fully support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and the Remembrance events being staged over the coming week, then this is the year.
It is, of course, 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and 70 years since the momentous events of D-Day which ultimately led to the Allied victory in the second global conflict.
The events to be held this Remembrance Sunday and on Remembrance Day on Tuesday give us the chance to honour the millions who died in those conflcts and the many others that have taken place since.
Importantly, it also gives us the opportunity to show that we care about those who have served their country but have fallen on hard times and now need our support.
The main purpose of the Royal British Legion when it was formed in May 1921 was straightforward, and remains so.
It exists to care for those who suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces, whether through their own service or through that of a relative.
The suffering can take many forms; the effect of a war wound on ability to earn a living and support a family or a war widow’s struggle to give her children a decent life.
Your Poppy Appeal donations help to finance an incredible amount of great work done by members of the Legion, and long may it continue.
Neil Pickford, Editor