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Monday, 31 October 2011

"Invest In A Good Cause"

Poppies go on sale from today

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has been launched in Jersey with a short ceremony at the Cenotaph, with the famous poppies going on sale from today.

The haunting tones of The Last Post signalled a fortnight of remembrance for the fallen, and the start of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Jersey's new Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl, was the first to place a poppy in the Field of Remembrance. He was followed by the Bailiff and political leaders.

This year a "platoon" of six Chelsea Pensioners are visiting the island to help with the fund-raising. Last year's efforts raised £185,000 locally - all of it spent on maintaining the welfare of service men and women.

It is believed there are up to 5,000 living in Jersey, any of whom may need help at some time.

With a salute to war heroes, the pensioners were off on one more mission to help.

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