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Time to remember

This Sunday Council’s up and down the country will be holding remembrance day services and laying wreaths.
   For all community leaders it is the greatest honour the lay a wreath on behalf of the people of their town.
   There is a special covenant, an unwritten promise, between the people of this country and their soldiers. It says if you fight for us, we will look after you and your families. By wearing a poppy we are all individually honouring that covenant. After the Great War money was used to help widows left with young children living in poverty.
   My own grandfather was brought up with poppy money. It helped put food on the table and clothes on his back. The money is still used to fight poverty and is used to tackle disability. Indeed in our own town of Letchworth I am told that the British Legion made disbursements of some £90,000 in 2008.
   I consider Remembrance Sunday to be more than just a symbolic gesture of remembering old conflicts, but to be also acknowledging and helping too those who are still making the sacrifice.
   Recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown us the very high human cost of conflict, and it is clear that that the work of The Royal British Legion is needed now more than ever.

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