Tragedies of war

SIR – This year s Remembrance activities may strike a deeper than usual chord with readers, given the commitment of our Armed Forces overseas, especially in Afghanistan. The West Country, with its many military bases, has not been immune to the tragedies

SIR - This year's Remembrance activities may strike a deeper than usual chord with readers, given the commitment of our Armed Forces overseas, especially in Afghanistan. The West Country, with its many military bases, has not been immune to the tragedies of war and the sadness that conflict brings has touched our communities large and small.

So it is with a particular poignancy that the Royal British Legion will be staging wreath laying ceremonies and Acts of Remembrance on Sunday, November 8, at locations across North Devon. All are welcome to attend. On Armistice Day, November 11, we hope that as many people as possible will keep the Two Minutes Silence at 11am.

The Royal British Legion is the national guardian of Remembrance. Founded after World War I, the Legion today is as relevant as it was then. The Legion has always worked to protect the memory of those killed in, wounded or affected by conflict.

Before the ceremonies, our main and most visible fund raising activity starts. Poppies will be available from various shops, schools and offices across the region from October 24. There is no minimum charge. Poppy sellers will also be making house-to-house collections in some areas and, of course, will be seen in many public areas with trays of poppies and collecting tins. Last year's appeal raised �826,000 across Devon, with grants of �0.85 million being made to people in need. Please help us again this year.


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The main focus of the Legion's work is to promote the welfare of, and to support, serving and ex-Service men and women and their dependants. In 2009 we anticipate a 17 per cent increase in the number of welfare cases we handle. Devon has a large serving and retired service population and we should like to hear from any ex-servicemen and women who may need help. Readers with friends or neighbours who served in HM Forces and who are now in need, may want to remind them of the welfare facilities that the Legion offers.

You can become a volunteer and help or join the Legion without having served in HM Forces. All new members will be warmly welcome. To get further information about the Royal British Legion and our activities please contact our Devon HQ in Exeter on (01392) 272211, who will pass your enquiry to the nearest Branch.

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Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Ray Copper, Secretary, Braunton Branch

Derek Downs, Chairman, Hartland Branch

Jim Inniss, Chairman, Mid-Torridge Branch

Mike Morgan, Chairman, Barnstaple Branch

Barry Price, Chairman, South Molton Branch

Tony Rodgers, Chairman, Ilfracombe Branch

D W Spiller, Vice-Chairman, Appledore Branch

Robin Temple, Chairman, Tiverton Branch

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