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The poppy appeal and Remembrance Sunday 2020

Published Wednesday 4 November, 2020
Last updated on Thursday 5 November, 2020

Cllr Paul Stephen, mayor of Swale, said:

On both Remembrance Sunday, 8 November and Armistice Day, 11 November the borough will stand with the nation to remember all of the people who lost their lives in armed conflicts defending our nation, especially at this time we remember our courageous service personnel and those whose life has been changed.

On Remembrance Sunday, the mayoress and I were to attend the Royal British Legion service at St Michael’s Church in Sittingbourne High Street, but with national lockdown, that has now been cancelled. However we will still attend the War Memorial in Central Avenue to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Swale.

I am grateful to the deputy mayor and my fellow councillors who were to be representing the council at the various services and acts of remembrance taking place throughout the borough. But with national lockdown, some of these wreath layings may not now take place, although some churches may be open for private prayer and acts of remembrance by individual under the new guidelines.

But I hope that many families throughout the borough will take the time to remember both friends and family members who, over the years, have lost their lives protecting our way of life. From past experience of Remembrance Services these are very moving occasions, especially for those personally affected. Although the World Wars are now history, the debt can never be paid back to those who we remember.

“On Wednesday at 11am, the mayoress and I still hope to attend the service and wreath laying at the Cross of Sacrifice at the Halfway Cemetery, Sheerness to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at 11am on 11 November, 1918.

The deputy mayor will attend a similar Armistice service at the War Memorial in the Memorial Garden in Stone Street, Faversham.  I urge all of you to remember those who have lost their lives in armed warfare defending the country and its freedoms that we enjoy, by purchasing a poppy and wearing it with pride to display your gratitude while also raising money to give support to those affected by warfare.