COVENTRY residents are being urged to either print or colour their own poppy pictures to show their support for the Poppy Appeal ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
Despite the ongoing challenges for everyone around Covid-19, people are being encouraged to still show their support for the Royal British Legion’s appeal by donating and downloading their own poppy instead of buying one the traditional way, or take part in fundraising activities or buy from their online shop.
For Coventry this year, the date is of extra significance as November 14 marks 80 years since the Blitz that devastated the city, as well as the 75th Anniversary marking the end of the Second World War.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Ann Lucas, said: “Coventry is a city of peace and reconciliation and we are determined that the pandemic will not prevent the city marking the day by honouring those who gave so much and to those who continue to work for peace across the world.
“As well as the online act of remembrance which will be available to listen and watch on the Council and BBC websites, people can print off their own poppy and display it proudly in their window at home to show their support.”
Gordon Garland, President of the Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal Organiser said: “Whilst we all continue to work together to keep each other safe, it would be a fitting tribute to all those who have served and continue to work to keep us safe by showing support to the appeal.
“Every poppy does makes a difference to the lives of our Armed Forces community.
“So, although you may have to do something different to show support this year, we’re asking people to support us in any way they can. Thank you.”
To donate to the Royal British Legion and print off your own poppy, click here
The online Remembrance Commemoration programme will run on Sunday, November 8, from 10.50am to 11.15am.
It will include the national two-minute silence, the playing of The Last Post, a reading of The Kohima and the laying of wreaths.