Poppies and Parades

Annual remembrance commemorations come to a head in Lincoln next weekend,
with services and parades taking place across the city - all coordinated by the City of
Lincoln Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).
 
On the evening of Friday 10 November a Remembrance Concert led by the
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Band will take place at the Sir Robert Pattinson
Academy in North Hykeham. The show starts at 7.30pm and light refreshments will
be available. Admission is £5 on the door with all proceeds going to the Poppy
Appeal.
On Saturday 11 November - Armistice Day itself - there are two events. At 10.45am
at the War Memorial in Lincoln High Street there will be a short service of
remembrance attended by the City of Lincoln Council civic party. A wreath will be
laid on behalf of many local military units, police, fire and prison services and local
businesses and organisations.
Another short service will take place at the Commonwealth war graves memorial in
Newport Cemetery at 2pm where the Royal British Legion will lay a wreath and
observe a silence for those service personnel from overseas who are laid to rest
there.
 
On Sunday 12 November a service will take place at Lincoln Cathedral. Proceedings
start at 10:30am and will include a parade of Standards from all the local military and
ex-service associations and wreaths laid by the Lord Lieutenant, civic dignitaries,
service and ex-service personnel and many local youth organisations.  
 
Andy Pearce, Chairman of the City of Lincoln Branch of the RBL said:
Remembrance is vital in helping all ages understand the service and sacrifice given
by both the military and civilian community from the First World War up to the
present day.
“In developing that understanding it is worth reflecting on how different Britain might
be today had the ultimate sacrifice not been made by so many.
 
“Remembrance for those who have laid down their lives for the cause of freedom
and justice is symbolised by the poppy at this time of year, which contrary to what
organisations such as FIFA might believe is not a political symbol but one of hope.
“Drawn from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ it represents the armed forces community
past and present, and we hope that as well as a visual reminder of individual
sacrifice it serves to focus minds on the consequences of war.

“It also highlights the need for everyone to properly care for our service personnel
who all are prepared to sacrifice so much as part of their commitment to serving us
all.
 
“The work of the RBL to help past and present members of the armed forces and
their families goes on all year round and relies on money raised by volunteers.
All the remembrance events are open to the public and all are welcome to join in
with the commemorations.”
 
So why not join the RBL and start your own tradition this year to help keep this vital
one burning bright into the 21st century.
Wear your poppies with pride and take all the family along to pay your respects.


#LestWeForget


If you’d like to further support the RBL through membership or volunteering you can
contact the Lincoln branch via the website -
http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/lincoln or search Royal British Legion
on Facebook.