Details for the Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Retford Market Square around the War Memorial have now been finalised. The event, on Sunday 10th November, will start promptly at 10.45am. There will the usual two minutes silence at 11.00am. Everyone is welcome to join in this act of remembrance. There will the opportunity for the laying of wreaths and poppy crosses.
There will also be a short act of remembrance on Monday 11th November, again commencing at 10.45am. Attendees will join in the act of silence at 11.00am as the nation remembers the signing of the Armistice 101 years ago signalling the end of the fighting in WWI.
The branch is also very pleased to report that a second commemorative bench is to be placed at the War Memorial. It will complement the WWI bench that was dedicated last year, but this time reflect on the action of WWII. The purchase of the bench has been made possible by the generosity of Mr Mervyn Tacy who runs Charity on Wheels. Organisers’ thanks go to Mervyn and the members of the group who voted that the money could be awarded from their funds. It is hoped that the bench will be in situ before the Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
As usual at this time of year it is the middle of the charity’s main fundraising period with the Poppy Appeal. The money raised enables the Royal British Legion to help ex-servicemen in many ways. Remember that you have only to have served for seven days in any of the Armed Forces and the help may be available for both the serving member and their dependants.