Events take place across UK to mark Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today is Remembrance Sunday, an annual observance in which Britons killed in wars around the world are remembered. Many events have taken place across the United Kingdom today and earlier this week, including many affiliated with the Poppy Appeal.
Queen Elizabeth II led the main event to mark the occasion at the Cenotaph in London, with events also taking place in North Staffordshire, Coventry, Wales, Lytham, St Anne's, Northern Ireland and Birmingham, in addition to small local events across the country.
The Royal British Legion sent its "Poppy Man" sculpture around Wales and Northern Island to draw attention to it's appeal, while in Lytham and St Anne's, the wife and daughter of the deceased comedian Les Dawson launched the appeal for funds. Tracy, the wife stated that "Les was in the army, where he served as a Trooper, in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays), he did lots of work for charity, and the Poppy Appeal was one of the ones close to his heart. I feel it is so fitting that I am able to help."
In Birmingham, a team from the Royal Marines Commando, abseiled down a hotel to mark the appeal.
Services were also held in Iraq and Afghanistan by British troops, in addition to church services across the country.
- "Britain pays tribute to war dead" — , November 9, 2008
- Press Release: "The Poppy Appeal around the country" — Royal British Legion, November 7, 2008