Royal British Legion launch ‘thank you’ campaign to pay tribute to servicemen and women
PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 July 2018
Weston’s Royal British Legion is taking part in a movement to say ‘thank you’ to past and present servicemen and women to mark the signing of the armistice which ended World War One.
The charity is calling on people to remember the 1.2 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives during the ‘war to end all wars’.
The scheme also aims to pay tribute to civilians who stepped up to the plate during the war when men were called up to serve.
RBL Somerset community fundraiser Adam Brown said the legion’s campaign will also thank active servicemen and women who ‘fight to defend our country’.
He added: “It is about the people who sacrificed their lives but it is also about the families who stayed behind and stepped up to the plate.
“The ‘forgotten generation’ had to take over the jobs left behind by the military recruits. Everything changed after the war, women got to vote and were able to work instead of staying at home with the children.”
During the 100 days leading up to the centenary celebration on November 11, the legion is inviting people from in and around Weston, from all cultures and faiths, groups, clubs and schools to join the movement to express gratitude to those who ‘gave themselves to the war and its aftermath’ and who had to rebuild the country after the devastating conflict.
The Weston branch is asking the public to get in touch if any of their relatives served during the wars or in the present day.
It hopes to then record the thank you’s and release one a day on its social media accounts and online from August 8 to November 11.
Mr Brown said: “We also want to hear from people who have been helped or supported by the legion.
“There is much more to what we do than just the Poppy Appeal. We hope this campaign will not only help us say ‘thank you’ to servicemen and women but also promote what we do.”
The branch is looking to team up with Weston College’s film department to create a video which can be updated each day with people’s stories. It would be shared across the legion’s social media as part of its centenary celebrations.
Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/thank-you to find out more.