Poppy Appeal Launch

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Published on August 29th, 2013 | by admin

Servicemen, children and veterans took part in a poignant event in Plymouth to mark the launch of the Poppy Appeal.

Staged at the Royal Citadel – the home of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery – the event saw the assembled crowd form a ‘9’and a ‘0’ on the parade square.

This ’90’ signifies the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

Lining up alongside city commandos and school children was the High Sheriff of Devon, Sarah Lopes – whose grandfather, Field Marshal Earl Haig, was the legion’s founding president.

After a brief ceremony involving the appearance of one of 29 Commando’s light guns, single-leg amputee Gunner Mark Stonelake, and a short address by the High Sheriff, the event ended with a canon-burst of poppies from the ramparts.

Last year’s Poppy Appeal in Devon raised a record sum of just short of £1million.