We owe them

On Sunday at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, many of us will yet again remember the sacrifice of those who have served our nation in the defence of freedom.

Most of our nation were born way after the great conflicts of the First and Second World Wars but still there are those who suffer through injury or loss as a result of those conflicts and many more who have been the victims of war more recently.

The Royal British Legion, which at a local level is a wholly voluntary organisation, seeks to first remind us of the debt of gratitude we owe and second to encourage us to support through the purchase of a poppy the needs of those brave men and women and their families who still bear the cost of the commitment they made for our freedom.

I am honoured to be the local president of the British Legion and in that context I would invite this year, especially as Remembrance Day falls on the 11th, everyone who can to attend the Remembrance Service in Alexandra Park at 11am on Sunday (or elsewhere if it’s more convenient) and then perhaps the Annual Festival of Remembrance at the White Rock on Sunday evening at 7pm.

Whether you attend one of these events or whether you just purchase a poppy the British Legion is grateful for your contribution to assist in the work that it does.

MICHAEL FOSTER DL

President of the Royal British Legion,

Hastings and St Leonards

Wishing Tree Road