Blackford urges support for Scottish poppy appeal

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Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has urged constituents to mark Remembrance Sunday remotely – and donate to the Poppy Appeal – despite Covid-19 restrictions preventing the usual local services and
parades this year.

The SNP Westminster leader, who will attend the Cenotaph, alongside other political leaders, said: ‘We must never forget the huge sacrifices made by our armed forces and veterans.

‘The Royal British Legion is encouraging individuals and communities to mark Remembrance Sunday by taking part in remote and socially-distanced activities this year, such as watching the service on television or pausing for the Two-Minute Silence at home or on your doorstep.

‘Other suggested activities include creating a Remembrance space in your garden, hosting an online Remembrance service or setting up a community forum to discuss local residents’ Remembrance stories.

‘I would also encourage people to get involved in this year’s Poppy Appeal, either by buying a poppy or making an online donation to help support veterans. These donations are needed this year more than at any other time.’

He added: ‘Sadly, owing to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Remembrance Sunday march past the Cenotaph will not take place this year. I will, however, be honoured to attend the closed Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph to honour the fallen.’

For further information about how to support this year’s Poppy Appeal, please see:
https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/
https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance