This year’s Remembrance Day services will be especially poignant, in the 70th anniversary year of VE Day and VJ Day.
Every year, the number of veterans who fought to save civilisation from the clutches of tyranny grow fewer, and their steps grow more careful and measured as they march in honour of their fallen comrades.
But those heroes will be out this weekend, along with other ex-service personnel who fought in the conflicts since the Second World War; Korea, Burma, Suez, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Falklands, Afghanistan, Iraq and others.
The causes are often near-forgotten and the assessments of victory or defeat are sometimes made hazy by the passing of time, but all those who fought and died in any conflict are remembered as fallen heroes this weekend.
The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal was originally created to help those returning from the First World War.
A century on from the start of that conflict, we are still helping today’s Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.
The poppy is a powerful symbol. It is worn to commemorate the sacrifices of our Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today and their loved ones.
Every penny you give to the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Legion’s welfare work, providing through-life care to anyone who currently serves in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.
This could include supporting:
l Bereaved families to cope after the loss of a loved one
l Those leaving the Forces into work and housing
l Older veterans to get the care and support they need and deserve.
This vital welfare work is entirely dependent on the public’s support – so please give generously and wear your poppy with pride, knowing that with your donation you can help all of these people and the entire Armed Forces community to live on.
Volunteers will be out in force collecting for the Poppy Appeal.
In Clitheroe, the collectors will be on duty from 10am to 3pm today (Saturday). Volunteers are asked to report to the Royal British Legion in Whalley Road.
Clitheroe’s Poppy Appeal organiser, Duncan Astley, said: “Any extra volunteers will be very welcome. Just come to the Royal British Legion club or call me first on 07542 405591.”
Wreaths will be available for collection, also between 10am and 3pm.
Funds for the Poppy Appeal will also be raised by a Poppy Ball at the Royal British Legion Club on Saturday, November 21st, from 8pm, with music, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are £5, available from the club.
At Clitheroe, the Remembrance parade on Sunday starts at 9-45 am outside the Ribble Valley Council offices in Church Brow, and proceeds along York Street and Church Brow to St Mary’s Church for the service.
After the service, the parade will go to the Castle Gates, where for the first time it will halt for a minute shortly before noon to allow the less able people to join for a shorter walk to the war memorial, where the service is at noon.
The National Pause to Remember will be observed on Wednesday at 11 am at the Castle gates.
The beginning and end of the two minutes’ silence will be marked by signal rockets, and traffic will be stopped for the two minutes’ silence.