We must not lose sight of why we give for poppies

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STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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An ever-diminishing number of people have direct memories of the Second World War.

An ever-increasing number have no links to it at all.

But that only makes it even more important that we do not forget.

It was therefore incredibly warming to see at any of the remembrance events which took place across our area yesterday how the sacrifices of men and women still resonate with us all.

We must not forget the crimes, or the courage, of past generations.

And we must equally salute the hard work of those who put their lives on the line for their country today.

Both of those causes were served yesterday as thousands of people turned out to pay their respects.

But it is also important that we do more than pay lip service to the spirit of the occasion.

It is important that we give to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

You do not have to look further than these pages for examples of its effectiveness.

We regularly report on how the work of the Royal British Legion makes a real difference to the lives of those who put their safety on the line, and the families that are sometimes sadly left behind.

Modern servicemen and women are laying their lives down on the line just as those in the two world wars did.

Conflicts like that in Afghanistan may now have drawn to a close, but you will still find British service people across the globe.

And there are many who have returned from such conflicts and need support to continue living their lives to the full.

We need the Poppy Appeal not just for their sake but also to remind us that behind them there are other living human beings who need our ongoing support.

It deserves our generosity in giving, not only this weekend but throughout the year.

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