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Let's Remember

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Hi again,

I thought I'd take a minute to remind you all that you mustn't forget that it's the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall. This special event honours all of our fantastic men and women in the Armed Forces - both past and present - and will feature some great music from my new friend Hayley Westenra and artists Jonathan Ansell, Katherine Jenkins and of course not forgetting the excellent Service Bands! And as 2008 is also the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Territorial Army, an enhanced role for TA veterans in the programme is planned, making the occasion extra special!

As part of its Remembrance90 program, the BBC is going to be showing all the highlights on BBC1 television and the whole lot will be broadcast on Radio 2. Tune in!

Following on from Saturday is Remembrance Sunday. This is the day we traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives in the name of peace. It's a day that means a lot to me as it's a chance for everyone to reflect on the sacrifices made by our Service men and women - sacrifices most of us will find difficult even to imagine. The day is probably best known for its service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. This is where the Queen lays a commemorative wreath alongside Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers and the Mayor of London. What I love about the event is that although it was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead from the First World War, it was later extended to include Second World War heroes and then again in 1980 to include everyone who has suffered and died - and continues to suffer and die - in conflict. It's painful to remember that it's all still going on, but that's why it's more important than ever to honour the Armed Services and the work they continue to do.

Have wonderful weekends everyone!

Poppy Man

Posted by PoppyMan

7th Nov 2008, 14:30   | tags:,

JokerXL says:

XL-ent
A friend of mine is putting in for tickets for next year's Albert Hall gig. It's done on a lottery basis.

8th Nov 2008, 16:00

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