‘A time to remember those servicemen and servicewomen, past and present,’ says Tony Lloyd MP

This week, communities across Rochdale will come together to thank local service men and women, veterans and their families for their incredible efforts helping to keep Britain safe and secure.

Tony said, “Just as they were over a century ago, our armed forces have shown this year just how indispensable they are to the nation’s security. From supporting the frontline response to the Covid crisis, to evacuating 15,000 people from Afghanistan in just two weeks, the UK’s servicemen and servicewomen continue to play a central role to support and protect British interests and values.

“During remembrance, we honour and remember the sacrifices made by Rochdale service men and service women, veterans and their families, past and present.

“It’s vital we recognise their heroic efforts, whether that’s supporting the local poppy appeal, or passing on the understanding of its importance to the next generation. We must honour and remember their sacrifice.”

Following the launch of its national poppy appeal, the Royal British Legion (RBL) are back in local communities across the country to raise vital funds to support our armed forces communities.

40,000 volunteers across the country will be collecting donations for the Poppy Appeal, with many national supermarkets, including Tesco, Morrisons, ASDA and Lidl distributing poppies in their stores.

As the RBL marks its centenary, Labour is backing the charity’s efforts to encourage schools across the country to support the teaching of remembrance, to ensure the understanding of its importance is passed on to the next generation.

The charity has developed a range of free teaching resources to be used in local schools or at home, with all of the lesson plans linked to the national curriculum for key stages 1-5.

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Notes to Editors:-

1. Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – ways to get involved: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal
2. Royal British Legion ‘Teaching Remembrance’ resources: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance