Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps joined representatives of the Royal British Legion and other ex-service organisations in the Nuneaton’s Newdegate Square for a ceremony to mark the launch of the 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The Nuneaton & Stockingford Branch of the Royal British Legion launched its Poppy Appeal, on Saturday 25th October. It was an occasion for both Old Soldiers, younger members of the town's cadet forces and other youth organisations to stand shoulder to shoulder in an effort to heighten awareness of the appeal and help it off to a flying start.
Air Cadet Drummers from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, led the colourful parade of Standard bearers, ex-servicemen and women and representatives from the cadet forces as they marched from the United Reformed Church into Newdegate Square for the ceremony to launch the appeal.
This dignified and emotive ceremony to launch the annual appeal, brought the Nuneaton town centre to a virtual standstill as people gathered to remember those who have, and are still, putting their lives on the line for their country.
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, the ceremony began with the reading of the names of Nuneaton’s fallen World War One heroes.
During the ceremony, the standard bearers from the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations and cadet forces dipped their standards in salute for a minutes silence in between the Last Post and Reveille.
The ceremony concluded with a special performances of part of a play entitled 'The Boy from the Boro' which is based on extracts from war diaries, soldier’s letters and the stories of men who fought in the great war and portrays the personal, sometimes harrowing story of Arthur Horobin a young Nuneaton lad and his journey through World War One.
Following the ceremony cadets from 121 Squadron joined other Poppy Appeal collectors as the general public began making donations.
Archie Smith, Poppy Organiser for the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the RBL said, “We are always looking for volunteers to help with the Poppy Appeal and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the young cadets for their vital support.”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “The cadets always welcome the opportunity to help the RBL with the Poppy Appeal. It is important that the younger generation understand the real meaning of the poppy collection and why Remembrance Day is so significant”.
He added, “Cadets from all three services will be out collecting in the town again next Saturday 1st November and again on the 8th November doing their bit to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Hopefully the people of Nuneaton will be able to give generously and do their bit to help the Royal British Legion, to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who have and are still serving in the Armed Forces”.
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