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2011 Poppy Appeal

Events to remember war victims around the world will be taking place across the Algarve with the Poppy Appeal being held this year from Saturday, October 29 to Saturday, November 12.

The main Remembrance Service in the Algarve will start at 10.50am on Sunday, November 13 at St. Luke’s Church, Palhagueira, when wreaths will be laid by Kate Christie, Second Secretary, on behalf of the British Ambassador to Portugal, and members of the Royal British Legion.

There will also be a Remembrance Service at Praia da Luz Church at noon.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal coordinator for Portugal, Sandra Wilkinson, told the Algarve Resident: “At Remembrance tide the British community throughout the world remember those who died for the freedom that we enjoy today and the visible representation of that Remembrance is the wearing of a Poppy and the keeping of the Two Minute Silence at 11am on November 11.

“Last year the Legion distributed £1.4 million per week to ex-servicemen and women and their families so we indeed stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve, and have served, their country.”

Sandra Wilkinson would also like to thank those in Portugal who give freely of their time to help the Appeal by distributing and selling poppies.

“Last year, the Portugal Branch raised €32,000 and we could not do it without our volunteers.”

Throughout Portugal, poppies are being distributed – 50,000 to date –  and the list of locations where they will be available, including at the Algarve Resident offices in Lagoa, can be found on the website www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/portugal and then select ‘Local Poppy Appeal’.

Poppies are expected to be available for sale from October 25.

For more information about the Poppy Appeal or the Royal British Legion, please telephone 919055959.