Honouring our heroes

Oban standard bearer at last year's Act of Remembrance.

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It doesn’t seem that long ago when we stepped outside our homes and clapped to show our support for those on the NHS front line and the essential workers who kept the country going in the depths of lockdown.

Well, today The Oban Times is asking you to stand on your doorstep or in your garden – this time to remember the sacrifice of all those who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom.

Normally on Sunday November 8 and again on Armistice Day, three days later, we would be gathering for annual remembrance parades and services. However, sadly this year the pandemic has put paid to that and while Oban will be doing its bit to keep up the tradition in a reduced way and with live-streaming from its war memorial –  the majority of events have been cancelled.

Regardless of whether we are able to gather together at our war memorials or not, we should still ensure we honour the fallen of the First and Second World Wars, and those who have served their country in conflicts since then.

That is why we are encouraging our readers to take part in our campaign, Honour our Heroes. We’re asking you and your families to stand out on your front doorstep, in your street or garden and observe the two-minute silence as a mark of respect to all those heroes who never made it home.

We’d also encourage you to wear a poppy – there has never been a more important time to give what you can to the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

So please, Honour our Heroes and buy a poppy – and show that Oban, Argyll and the Islands’ communities remember and care.