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Recovery and Development Agency
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The 2015 Poppy Appeal which culminates with a Poppy and Remembrance Day Service commences tomorrow, October 22.
The two-week observance is generally marked by the purchasing and wearing of poppy pins. The tradition was started by servicemen as a tribute to their departed comrades to ensure that future generations never forget the suffering caused by the 1914 to1919 World War. It is also a symbol of remembrance, compassion and caring for all victims of war.
Poppy pins will be available for sale at most of the Territory’s schools; by some uniformed organisations such as the Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Girls and Boys Brigade, and BVI Red Cross; and from government offices including the Deputy Governor’s Office, Governor’s Office, and the Registrar-General’s Office.
Proceeds will go the Royal British Legion for distribution to veterans and their needy families.
The Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 p.m. All uniformed organisations and ex-servicemen and women are invited to participate in the procession which marks the beginning of the service.
His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John S. Duncan, OBE, Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. the H Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE and other public officials will participate in the activities.
Members of the public are invited to attend the service and are encouraged to purchase poppies and wear them on Remembrance Day.