Remembrance service to take place at QA hospital in city

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Poppies being sold in Queen Alexandra Hospital where remembrance service will also take place

The Defence Medical Group South staff will be supporting the Royal British Legion’s annual poppy appeal.

Military staff will be in the main atrium of QA today and again on Monday, November 9, and Tuesday, November 10, to sell the poppies.

A remembrance service will be held in the Atrium on Wednesday, November 11, starting at 10.45am.

To pay tribute to all military personnel, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, is inviting all capable patients, visitors and staff to gather in the main atrium for a short service.

A two-minute silence will be introduced by a bugler and there will be readings.

DMGS Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Adam Shorrock said: ‘On November 11, military personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, alongside NHS workers, patients and visitors, will join together.

‘We will join together to remember and honour those who have fought for our country and our freedom.

‘Remembrance Day is about acknowledging the sacrifices made by many generations of servicemen, servicewomen and civilians in the name of peace security and our values as a nation.’

QA was first opened as a military hospital and hosts the largest Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit.