Remembrance

Gun Salute Marks Start Of Poppy Appeal In Plymouth

The event was marked with a three-gun salute on Drake’s Island and comes ahead of next week’s national launch.

The Royal British Legion in Plymouth has launched its Poppy Appeal campaign for 2020.

The event was marked with a three-gun salute on Drake’s Island and comes ahead of next week’s national Poppy Appeal launch.  

Speaking at the ceremony, Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Chris Mavin, said: "It’s very important that we send out a message to all the military every year that they have the support of the British public."

After the event Mr Mavin tweeted: "I had the honour and privilege of attending the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch 2020 over on Drakes Island today. A beautiful day to launch this very important appeal... well done to everyone involved."

The Royal British Legion, which supports serving and former personnel and their families, uses the annual Poppy Appeal for both Remembrance and to hope for a peaceful future.

The charity has been supporting serving and former personnel and their families since 1921.

Morgan Phillips, custodian of Drake’s Island and a Royal Navy veteran, said: "Anyone who’s served in the combat zone knows you really don’t want to repeat it.

"Therefore it's incredibly important that we teach our young people [about Remembrance]."

The national campaign launches on 22 October and runs until Remembrance Day on 11 November, Armistice Day, which marks the end of the First World War.