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 Market Place for a ceremony to mark the launch of the 2017 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The Nuneaton & Stockingford Branch of the Royal British Legion launched its Poppy Appeal, on Saturday 28th October. It was an occasion for both Old Soldiers, younger members of the town's cadet forces and other organisations to stand shoulder to shoulder in an effort to heighten awareness of the appeal and help it off to a flying start.
The colourful parade of Standard bearers, ex-servicemen and women and representatives from the cadet forces marched from the United Reformed Church into the Market Place 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.
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.
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”.