Deputy Lieutenants of Kent, Jo Holmes and Peter Gilbert attended wreath laying ceremonies Yesterday as part of Rememberance Sunday.
They were seen in Snodland and Chatham, and attended on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant. The Lord-Lieutenant is HM The Queen’s personal representative in the county, and is appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Lady Annabel (Bella) Colgrain – the first woman to be appointed to the role in Kent and succeeded Viscount De L’Isle CVO MBE on 22nd April 2020 – issued this message for Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020.
Never was so much owed by so many to so few
Our acts of remembrance will be very different this year. Sadly, lockdown will curtail attendances at many planned ceremonies across Kent and Medway. However, the restrictions this year should in no way diminish our will to remember. To remember the sacrifice of millions who fell in the service of their nation in two world wars and many other conflicts to this day. To remember the military and service personnel from Kent who laid down their lives in the cause of freedom. To remember our Armed Forces serving around the world, and the civilians who support them. To remember our frontline workers in the pandemic who once again face further challenges as the country goes into a second lockdown.
We are unsure if Lady Annabel (Bella) Colgrain was in attendance at another ceremony in Kent yesterday.
The ‘poppy’ appeal, the fundraising part of the British Legion – has suffered a downturn this year due to lockdown and people unable to attend ceremonies. They have been forced to abandon face-to-face collections.
They have created a number of ways to donate this year, from donating for poppies through the post for your neighbours and local community, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run, you can still support the Poppy Appeal from home in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
For more information on this years pooy appeal, click here.